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I have finally managed to find a copy of Sutcliff's "The Rider of the White Horse" about Thomas Fairfax (a man who I am delighted to discover, is also called Black Tom. I bet Sutcliff will give him a dog. Black Tom's Dog! For £2.50! There are second hand copies floating around still but most of them seem to be at least twenty quid and often much more. 2.50 is the bargain of the year!

Now I need to make time to read it...

In other news, because people keep emailling to ask if we have been overtaken by 'a great dark wave climbing over the green lands and above the hills, and coming on, darkness inescapable', no, thankfully we haven't. We are a long way above sealevel, fortunately - if waves are crashing on the shoulders of Hingston Down, then I'm afraid most of the rest of you will already be fishfood. It's even sunny at the moment although there's another storm on the way, so fingers crossed for the poor souls down on the coast.


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7th Feb, 2014 13:26 (UTC)
Is that 'Cromwell's boss' Fairfax?

(I'm reading 'Frontier Wolf' at the moment).
7th Feb, 2014 22:06 (UTC)
The same! I'm not terribly good on the Civil War, if I'm honest. But I have read her 'Simon' which has some Fairfax bits, and that was quite good, so I'm giving it a go.

Yay, Frontier Wolf! One of the best ones I reckon.
8th Feb, 2014 13:54 (UTC)
Do you like Marjorie Bowen, btw? I love her writing, but she doesn't seem to have a following on LJ.
7th Feb, 2014 14:09 (UTC)
Glad you haven't been washed away. Fie upon weather, say I.
7th Feb, 2014 22:08 (UTC)
Fie! and Bah! to it. ( I just hope it doesn't 'bah' back. Soo bored of rain now...)
7th Feb, 2014 16:18 (UTC)
Oooh, I liked the bits of Fairfax in Simon, so I'm very curious what Rider is like!
8th Feb, 2014 08:25 (UTC)
I've been looking out for it for ages!
8th Feb, 2014 07:57 (UTC)
Given what you go on to say about floods, your statement that second-hand copies are "floating around" is making me envisage a post-apocalyptic drowned world, in which the very tip of Big Ben peeps out of the flood water, a few damp and shrivelled survivors cling to their shattered lives in high places... and copies of obscure Rosemary Sutcliff novels float by in the endless flood water, poignant echoes of a world that is gone.
8th Feb, 2014 09:18 (UTC)
Sounds like an essay question : "in the pre-deluge world, were Rosemary Sutcliff novels *already* a poignant echo of a world that was gone...?"
8th Feb, 2014 15:13 (UTC)
Yay for cheap 2/h books! :-)
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