It is the story of Flora who is orphaned at the age of 19 and needs to find a place to live. She is a very organised tidy person and she loves nothing more than tidying up everybody else's life.
She writes to all of her relatives, most of whom are very distant and asks for a place to live. She ends up at a distant cousin's farm in rural Sussex and falls into a household of extremely quirky, eccentric cousins. Her job is then set for her to sort out everyone's life and she doesn't forget the animal's either. The state of the cows and the bull is cringe worthy.
It took me awhile to get into it but once she steps foot onto the farm everything falls into place. I have read both positive and negative reviews of this book but I would certainly put it in the positive pile.
I would definitely recommend this book. It also counts towards my Century of Books challenge (here) as it was published in 1932. Also it is book number 140 in my vintage Penguin Book Collection.
I am looking forward to the discussion at the book group tomorrow night.
Now, speaking of Century of Books Challenge. I am participating in it but not nearly as quickly as others who have really taken it to heart. However I did accidentally find a book in my favourite second hand bookshop in Hobart (Imperial Books on Collins St) of this wonderful book that relates to the challenge very, very much.
It is entitled Brilliant Careers: The Virago Book of 20th Century Fiction. It lists the name of an author and the associated chapter provides an excerpt from the recommended book for every year of the 20th century starting with 1901 and ending with 2000.
I have been thinking a great deal about my reading habits for 2014 and I have decided I will very much focus on the books I already own. I also know from perusing my library in The Library Thing that I have a book published for every year of the challenge with the Penguin books alone. So next year will focus on the Century of Books challenge using my own library of books both Penguin and non Penguin.
Of course I will still look at current books and books that tend to fall out of the sky unexpectedly. But that will be the focus. I actually think I can stick to that plan.
This Thursday I pack up and head to the USA. I will be visiting three states, California (my sister), Florida, (a good friend I haven't seen in years) and Tennessee, (my brother's family and my mother).
|How crazy is this? McKay's Bookstore (second hand books,CDs & LPs )|
I hope to visit a second hand book shop in each location and Nashville has an enormous second hand book shop called McKay's (here). They have miles of second hand books and they are all organised very well. So I will continue to be on line with updates and Facebook with trip photos. If you'd like to participate with me on this trip be sure to check back.
I hope anyone interested in the Century of Books challenge will enjoy the Table of Contents list of authors for each year of the 20th Century. If you can't read the pages and would like more information let me know in the comments section and I'll be happy to send it to you.