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Old 03-04-2017, 05:42 PM   #16
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One odd thing about Craft for a Dry Lake is how few Goodreads ratings (31) and reviews (6) it has, for a book that seems well known in Australia, has a few different literary awards and even has its own Audible version. If you think about it, 31 seems about the amount of people who needed to read it to judge it for various awards, so what gives? Where are its readers at? Do you even have Goodreads in Australia, Bookpossum?
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Old 03-04-2017, 05:53 PM   #17
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Wow! Tough choices.

2 for Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee
2 for The Bookseller of Kabul by Åsne Seierstad
1 forCraft for a Dry Lake by Kim Mahood
1 for The Renaissance by Walter Pater
1 for The House of Medici by Christopher Hibbert
1 for A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf

Truth be told, I'll be happy with whatever book wins.
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Old 03-05-2017, 12:58 AM   #18
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One odd thing about Craft for a Dry Lake is how few Goodreads ratings (31) and reviews (6) it has, for a book that seems well known in Australia, has a few different literary awards and even has its own Audible version. If you think about it, 31 seems about the amount of people who needed to read it to judge it for various awards, so what gives? Where are its readers at? Do you even have Goodreads in Australia, Bookpossum?
My guess is that it has probably been read mostly by Australians and maybe not a huge number of them are on Goodreads - don't know! I only heard of it after I had joined MR. What an insular lot we are! (Except that we are a continent rather than an island - we used to be called both but not any longer.)
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Wow! Tough choices.

2 for Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee
2 for The Bookseller of Kabul by Åsne Seierstad
1 forCraft for a Dry Lake by Kim Mahood
1 for The Renaissance by Walter Pater
1 for The House of Medici by Christopher Hibbert
1 for A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf

Truth be told, I'll be happy with whatever book wins.
Welcome to the Club, Poppa1956!
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Old 03-05-2017, 11:23 AM   #20
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Nice to see you here! I'm counting this as one vote for The Renaissance though you can post again to give it another vote as well, if you want (you can give each nomination up to two votes, and you have up to eight votes total this month to use).

Make it two, then!
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Old 03-05-2017, 12:04 PM   #21
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This list is fantastic! It was really difficult to decide.

1 for The Renaissance by Walter Pater
1 for The Bookseller of Kabul by Åsne Seierstad
1 for A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
2 for Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee
1 for The House of Medici by Christopher Hibbert
2 for The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
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Old 03-05-2017, 12:56 PM   #22
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I give another vote to The Year of Magical Thinking.

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Make it two, then!
Done!
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Old 03-05-2017, 05:16 PM   #23
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I'll give two votes to The Renaissance
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Two for Cider With Rosie
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Old 03-06-2017, 12:24 PM   #24
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With about a day and a half left for voting, The Renaissance is maintaining a slight lead but Cider with Rosie is nipping at its heels and a few others are within range too. At present every nomination has a different number of votes, and if we had one more nomination with eight votes we'd have the complete spectrum of 1-10.
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Two votes apiece for:

the Lees-Milne Diaries
A Room of One's Own
Cider with Rosie
The House of Medici


I've had the Lees-Milne on my reader for quite some time and would love to get to it, but I'm thinking it's a no-hoper.
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Nice to see everyone that's here this month. Voting is over and Cider with Rosie won in a squeaker! Bookpossum will have the discussion thread up soon.

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I've had the Lees-Milne on my reader for quite some time and would love to get to it, but I'm thinking it's a no-hoper.
I was surprised it got so little support this month but maybe that's partly due to its length.
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It looks good but my library was totally unhelpful and I'm being cautious with spending funds at the moment while I save up for a new camera lens!

I read Cider with Rosie many years ago and remember it and other books by Laurie Lee very fondly, so shall enjoy revisiting it.

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It looks good but my library was totally unhelpful and I'm being cautious with spending funds at the moment while I save up for a new camera lens!

I read Cider with Rosie many years ago and remember it and other books by Laurie Lee very fondly, so shall enjoy revisiting it.
Sorry to hear that your library is not helpful at finding a copy. Since you've already read the book, maybe there is an audiobook or movie version that is available as an alternative. My library didn't have the book, but it had a BBC Radio 4 cast dramatization that I may borrow for fun after I've read the book.
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Ah sorry, I wasn't being clear - I was referring to the diaries. I have my own copy of Cider with Rosie so no problem there!
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Sorry folks - got distracted with a big family celebration (a 90th birthday party plus interstate family members staying with us) and forgot to get the discussion thread up. Hope I don't get the sack!

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