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Shelf Notes: Darling Monster by Diana Cooper and John Julius Norwich

“I looked in on Chips in London and found the Duchess of Kent, her sister Countess Toren, the reigning Prince and Princess of Liechtenstein, the Ranee of Kapurthala and the King of Egypt’s sister.  It was like a stamp album.” … Continue reading

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Shelf Notes: High Rising by Angela Thirkell

Angela Thirkell was hugely successful in the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s but rather dropped out of sight in later years.  However, she maintained a stalwart readership who pursued her out-of-print titles vigorously. Although aware of AT, I’d never read any … Continue reading

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The Year After by Martin Davies and The Great Silence by Juliet Nicolson

A period to which I’d never given much thought, and one which is glossed over in the main, is that immediately after the end of World War One.  There’s a great deal of writing, both fiction and non-fiction about the … Continue reading

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