7 thoughts on “To the recycling!

  1. Thank goodness, someone who felt the same way I did about Dear Mrs Bird! I was surprised that it got so much praise. The only other book you mention which I’ve read is the Jill Paton Walsh. I felt Lord Peter didn’t fit in the post-war world. I hated all the pointers; is this the one where Peter says something will have to be done about London smog (shortly before the Clean Air Act was passed)? Grr. Yet I fall for the latest instalment every time, against my better judgement.


  2. This is such a useful corrective to the conventional enthusing and makes me feel less guilty. Especial plaudit for the Paton Walsh which was freeloading carried to an extreme.
    A useful side-effect is that I can now continue not to read An Unsuitable Boy with a clear conscience


  3. I love hearing about the bad books as well as the good ones. I’m impressed that you made it all the way through Dear Mrs Bird. I gave up early on in disgust. The anachronisms and generally formulaic writing had me wanting to throw it across the room so many times in only a few dozen pages that it seemed best to just abandon it altogether. The premise was so good and the result so disappointing (much like Paton Walsh’s solo Wimsey efforts).


    1. It’s a testament to the power of uncritical mass-marketing staff who don’t have the sense or reading knowledge to see poor writing. Or, it was forced on them by publishers further up the food chain.


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