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  1. Many years ago I was given a box of charity throw-outs. Thus I acquired my first Doris Leslie, "The Marriage of Martha Todd". I couldn't get my head out of it! I became an instant fan. A lot of her writing seems to have been done in the 1950s. More historical than romance, she really makes you 'see' her characters. My fave: "Fair Company", which traces the women of a family from 1806 until 1935. Her backgrounds and non-fiction characters/events are really well-researched but do not prop up the story line a la Danielle Steele. Leslie's stories can stand alone and the non-fiction is a p
  2. I read a Mills and Boon once and needed psychoanalysing afterward! But I can recommend 'Christmas Carol' by Florence Speer.(NOT M & It's a modern take on the famous Dickens story but with a load of good wryness and fun and is also a time travel story.
  3. Another Dickens fan here, although I've not read everything yet. Loved Great Expectations; mega favourite is A Christmas Carol. Could not get through Nicholas Nickleby as I got to page 172 and nothing much had happened. The best piece of writing I've ever read is in Oliver Twist - the passage where Oliver and his now-restored grandfather go to see Fagin in jail. The madness of Fagin where he believes Oliver has come to save him from execution is EPIC. Saw an English docu-movie eighteen months ago on Dickens; apparently, when he was creating a new character, he'd go to the mirror then spea
  4. A brilliant read from Wilde. I hope you got the film version with Hurd Hatfield and George Sanders, as it's been remade (usually badly) multi-times. The worst one was a telemovie in which Dorian as a bitchy actress, and it was a screen test that aged. Trivia: the film wrecked Hatfield's career - after it he usually had cameo spots in epics. I agree that the concept is clever and the plot is basic and moralistic but then the simplest things are the best. No need to overload a good story line with an array of sub-plots. As for the intense descriptions, it was pretty well much the style o
  5. Yeah, I've had a paperback copy for ages. Even if the story is mainly a melodrama, I still find the Titanic parallels a little disturbing. However, synchronicity and coincidence do happen and I do not believe there was any weird and sinister plot by the White Star Line to make a dramatic insurance-fraud reality from a fiction. Mine is the 1898 version. There's tonnage of speculation about the Titanic and there always will be.
  6. Try anything by Richard Laymon! I wonder what he eats before he goes to bed.
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