4 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.

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  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

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  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).

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    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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