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Weeding The Shelves [Nov. 14th, 2017|12:44 pm]
Tony Grist
 I've been rationalising the family library. Ailz only ever reads digital texts these days and my mother no longer reads anything so I don't have to consult anyone's taste but my own. 

There's a certain amount of overlap between my mother's books and ours. Do we need two not dissimilar copies of the Collected Works of John Keats? I think not. Mine is inferior to my mother's- which has a nice frontispiece portrait of the poet- so it's mine that goes into the carrier bag destined for the charity shop.

No household needs more than one copy of Barnaby Rudge- incidentally the only major Dickens I've never read.

And then there's the dead wood. Novelty publications that were given as Christmas presents and books on handicrafts that belonged to my grandmother and books by once celebrated 20th century authors whose time has passed. John Brophy? Marganita Laski? Osbert Sitwell? Sorry, chaps. 

I have spent my life avoiding reading The Forsyte Saga. Am I likely to succumb now? I enjoyed the TV version- the first one with Eric Porter and Kenneth More and Nyree Dawn Porter- but that was then and this is now...

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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2017-11-14 01:51 pm (UTC)
Do any of those handicraft books include knitting and/or crocheting patterns? They may not be dead wood. I have a colleague who is assembling an online pattern library and if they're out of copyright here (pre-1926) we'd consider them fair game.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-11-14 02:55 pm (UTC)
I'll check but I don't think the books are old enough or cover the right subjects.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2017-11-14 01:53 pm (UTC)
I liked the first version of the Forsyte Saga too. And I loved the books. Read them all one summer.But moving...well, you can always borrow them from a library.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-11-14 03:00 pm (UTC)
The TV show was riveting. We'd never seen anything quite like it before. It was fascinating how one grew to love Soames- who had started out as the villain.

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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2017-11-16 01:15 am (UTC)
It was. I was delighted, a few years later, to see 'young Jo' as the Ghost of Christmas Past on the BIG screen. I'd forgotten Susan Hampshire when she was very young...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-11-16 09:21 am (UTC)
Kenneth More- wonderful actor. Susan Hampshire- delightful.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2017-11-16 07:02 pm (UTC)
I am always happy to see her...
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