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Jul 25, 2006, 10:13pm

Oh, look at all that Diana Wynne Jones love in the most commonly shared books! Her Pinhoe Egg comes out very soon!

Jul 26, 2006, 1:25am

Bwahaha, there's a New Zealand book in the middle of the shared books there, how lovely! And interestingly the ubiquitous HP doesn't rate, but Diana Wynne Jones certainly does. It'll be intersing to see how it changes as more people join.

BoPeep, I've been admiring your collection for a while now, thanks for creating this group.

Jul 26, 2006, 4:27am

Aquila, thanks! I've not entered more than half of it, as the other half is boxed at my parents' house - all my Chalet School books, for instance, or 1001 pony titles. ;-)

The titles I'm entering now are my toddler son's, by and large, as I try to build a decent collection for him.

Jul 26, 2006, 6:37pm

I'm currently resisting the temptation to start a group named Lashings of Gingerbeer! to compete with the Tea! and Coffee! groups.

Jul 26, 2006, 7:13pm

Oh, do! :-)

Jul 26, 2006, 7:28pm

Will people join, and do I make it Enid Blyton centred, or "i don't drink hot drinks' centred?

Jul 27, 2006, 12:15am

So who is everyone's favourite underrecognised British or Irish author?

My personal favourite is Monica Edwards. She wrote two series of teenagers on holiday adventure books with horses and boats and farms that start out looking like pony books Wish for a Pony and No Mistaking Corker but become much more involved. They are probably most similar to Arthur Ransome but I think have greater complexity.

One series is based around the Romney Marsh area in Sussex where she grew up, and the other near Punchbowl Farm in Surrey where she lived as an adult, but the series crossover quite a bit later on.

They are hard to get hold of, though Girls Gone By Press has started republishing some of the harder to find titles. I've only slowly been reading them as I can get hold of them.

And just a few people on Library Thing own them, and not many copies of them at that.

BoPeep, do you have more yet to be catalogued?

Romany Marsh series:
Wish For a Pony
Summer of the Great Secret
The Midnight Horse
The white riders
A cargo of horses
Hidden in a dream
Storm ahead
No entry
The Nightbird
Operation Seabird
Strangers to the Marsh
No going back
The Hoodwinkers
Dolphin summer
A Wind is Blowing

The Punchbowl Series:
No Mistaking Corker
Black hunting whip
Punchbowl Midnight
Spirit of Punchbowl Farm
The Wanderer
Punchbowl harvest
Frenchman's secret
The Cownappers
The Outsider
Fire in the Punchbowl
The Wild One

There are also some stand alone stories and some autobiographical/natural history titles.

Jul 27, 2006, 11:26am

I do have some Monica Edwards in the boxes yet unopened, yes - there's an entire swathe of pony books missing from my catalogue. I think I've retrieved all the Mary Gervaise (they often remind me of each other), but I know there are hardback Pullein-Thompson titles to come, at the very least. I know I read most of the Romney Marsh books in childhood, although I may have borrowed some from friends or the library.

I'm not sure if I catalogued my Wish for a Pony yet - ah, looks like I didn't. So it's probably still at my parents' house too.

Oct 15, 2006, 10:47pm

Does anyone else here have the old series of Mary Plain books, about a young bear cub from the Bear Pits at Berne? The series was written by Gwynedd Rae and includes titles like Mary Plain's Big Adventure, Mostly Mary, Mary Plain, V.I.P., Mary Plain on Holiday, Mary Plain and the Twins, Mary Plain in Town, Mostly Mary. This may not be a complete list, as I only have 3 of them and found others here on LT.

The copies I have were my mother's, and I read them as a child. Now I'm about to share them with my six year old children - with some explanations, as the series is somewhat dated and very English. The plot is rather like Paddington by Michael Bond but I believe the Mary Plain books were written earlier. I am fond of both series.

Nov 30, 2006, 8:38pm

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Nov 30, 2006, 8:39pm

I have finally reached my W's, cataloging my books by Priscilla M. Warner today. I think she is such a terrific writer, but so far only one other LTer has a book by her...but maybe one of you have her books still in boxes, to be catalogued in the future? She also illustrates her own books...Biddy Christmas is centered around a donkey, but there's much more going on.

Ene 29, 2007, 2:42pm

I just bought a copy of Under the Rose by Monica Edwards. (I so shouldn't be spending the money but) Squee!. It's the second to last book she wrote, and is stand alone, not part of one of the series. I haven't read it yet (and don't want to read it too fast).

Feb 19, 2010, 7:33am

I have just started using Library Thing. And joined this group to find out what people think are the key features of a good website and/or blog about or for an author? Rosemary Sutcliff was a close relative of mine. At last I have a little time to try to develop the simple blog I have attended to sporadically for a couple of years. All thoughts about this, and all comments about and leads to interesting stuff about Rosemary very welcome. See (PS I hope this is a suitable use of the message board?)

Feb 26, 2010, 11:56am

#13 I for one will visit your website about her! Thanks for posting it here. I read her autobiography Blue Remembered Hills last year, and posted a review about it on GoodReads. As I don't own the book, I can't post its review on LibraryThing.

Feb 26, 2010, 11:29pm

re 14 Maybe you can post it on the site at !Your reviews?
or point me to it at Goodreads?

Feb 27, 2010, 10:26pm

aglawton, I didn't find the "Your Reviews", but you're welcome to use it there if you'd like.

Feb 28, 2010, 3:05pm

#14 You don't have to own the book to review it on LT you just have to have it in your Library. You could make a collection for books you don't own but have read and then you'll be able to review them.

Mar 1, 2010, 12:33am

Sodapop, I realize I can do that - have collections of wish list or whatevers, but I chose not to. For my own library on LT, I have listed the books I physically have. I could change my mind though.

Mar 4, 2010, 11:18am

Because I had changed the tab to You sorry. Will you post yourself?

Mar 4, 2010, 5:04pm

aglawton, OK, I just posted my comment about Blue Remembered Hills to your site.

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