posts on 1/30/2010 10:52:59 AM
Ir's a cold Saturday morning, and I'm sitting at the computer in a fleece housecoat with a mug of coffee--and glowing over the comments I've just read about my NL poem! What a lovely way to start the day! Thank you! Sylvia, I'm particularly touched and honored that you actually printed and framed it!
posts on 1/30/2010 9:59:52 AM
Good news indeed, that our dear NL is being re=printed! I think many of us have copies that are falling apart with so much usage! (It reminds me of children's Teddy Bears, and how scruffy and old looking they get with so much love!
posts on 1/30/2010 2:58:06 AM
In my ongoing search to find NL's published map of Layer Wood, I ran across an ad saying that the Town House Trilogy was republished in 2009! So comforting to know that good copies will still be aailable. My NL books are yellow and falling apart, the PB's held together with contact plastic.
posts on 1/24/2010 11:16:33 AM
Mary, I would like to add my congratulations to you on your poem. It is really moving! I can see it all in my mind's eye! I write poetry myself, so know that words can say so much! I am so pleased that there are still so many of us who love Norah Lofts's books! I have had to replace Pargeters, as it was falling to bits! Many of them are, through so much reading! I also like to get people interested in her work, and I am so glad to see that many of them are being re-published! I live in Scotland, but have met many friends from all over the world on different sites, and it is always good to see people from across the ocean who are N.L. fans.
I must admit that I once got very excited when I was trawling sites and came across what I thought were books that I did not have (although I could not see how!) But it turned out that some of her books at been re-titled. I was so disappointed! Let us hear from each other from around the world!
I send greetings to Norah Lofts fans wherever you are!
posts on 1/24/2010 1:40:24 AM
Rita, thanks for the mention of my poem! Was it you who asked quite some time ago about posting it on anthor site? At the time I said I'd like to have it copyrighted first. Well, I did, and I'd be delighted to have it 'published' online. What do we do next?
posts on 1/24/2010 1:32:20 AM
Barbara, thanks for the welcome. My Mom was my accomplice, too. She was an invalid so I checked out books for her supposedly, but we both read them. She had to start sending permission slips to the librarian! Last night I read every post on this NL site, and at almost the end, I found Mary's beautiful poem. I especially love the last line - Silence has fallen over Layer Wood. (I'm avoiding those quotation marks.) I took the liberty of printing it out on some computer paper showing a stone archway covered in ivy with a blue sky beyond, and it is already framed and hanging in my home office. Thank you, Mary, for that eloquent tribute to NL. I got the impression that all or many of you are about my age (62) and that we all have a concern about NL's work living on. I have tried to interest young readers in her books, but have only found one convert, and she is 50. One year when I didn't expect to survive an illness, I packed up all of my NL and sent them to my niece who promptly gave them away! I survived and had the strength (or gall) to demand them back! I am curious - are most of you British or American? I'm from Ohio, USA. I feel like you are all long-lost cousins or at least penpals. I did find the other site, Goodreads, and am beginning to explore it.
posts on 1/23/2010 9:08:38 PM
Hi Sylvia, so nice to know this forum ( clunky and hard to use tho it is)is still viable.
I find NL hard to beat too, certainly I won't allow that any other historical novelist to be better, even if more heavily researched etc. For me, NL's Eleanor, or Anne Boleyn, or whoever is THE definitive one and I tend to measure all other interpretations by hers.
Don't worry if you have forgotten names or plot turns or anything, this is a good forum to say things like 'who was it that never would divulge who the father of the baby was until tradegy struck " or soemthogn simliar.
Do you know about Goodreads? That is a great site and has a thriving NL community. Also, do go to Goodreads Neverending quiz and look for Norah Lofts questions- I've put in quite a few myself.
Oh yes librarians back on the 50's! I well remember being denied adult books and not being allowed to bring back books and get new ones on the same day on the basis that I could'nt possibly have read them in that time. My mother ( a reticent and shy woman and normally averse to any sort of confrontation ) took me back to the library to argue with the librarian and make her ask me questions from book to prove I'd read it..
posts on 1/22/2010 10:09:31 PM
I was so excited to read more posts! I hope to get to know your names and join in. I read N.L.s Town House when I was just 12 (the old librarian always chased me out of the adult books but even the teen books didn't interest me). I am now 62 and have never found an author to come close to her. I now have all of her books but 3 that I know of, having filled in some titles online. Isn't it odd that some pbs are $75, while some hbs are $1? I will keep looking for that map of Layer Wood. You all seem to have such good memories of names and places. I will have to read them all again before discussing anything!
posts on 1/22/2010 12:20:01 PM
I just finished the necessary chores I must do and settled down with "Knight's Acre". Re-reading for the first time in a couple of years so I was delighted when I checked my email to see so many of you again posting. I love your comments. When I see names I have seen before on this page, it is like seeing a Banker Thorley or a horse breeder Thorogood in another book. I thinK: Oh, I know him/her! To the ones I have not seen before here: Have you read Mary' poem to Norah Lofts --"In Memoriam"? So touching.
posts on 1/22/2010 11:37:27 AM
I am so glad to see that so many people read Norah Lofts books. She really was a remarkable writer!
Natasha, I see that you are interested to see if there are any other "haunting books" of hers, and I have one called "Is There Anybody Ther"? It is a collection of short stories which are ghostly and strange!
It would be a great idea to form a Norah Lofts club, and I will keep my eye on this forum!
I love the fact that many of her books are based around "Layer Wood" and the villages around. Also that there more than one generation of Tavern keepers and Lawyers etc. Nice to see that she has created a community which encompasses many of her books!
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