Norah Lofts Message Board
Debbie posts on 12/3/2013 4:25:57 PM
Kind of... I am trying to find the names of a series of books I read many many years ago as a teenager. I think it might be Norah's house trilogy but I'm not sure. These are some of my recollections of the books: they are set in East Anglia, they follow one family through several generations. In one of the books the family have started a business in silk weaving. During the story the plague occurs and the house fortifies itself to keep those with the plague out (but eventually those outside break through. In another part of the series a child's grandfather hides a priest within the house. The grandfather dies and the priest is trapped in the hiding place and the young girl doesn't tell anyone and the priest eventually dies.
I know these are rather scrappy recollections but perhaps someone could confirm that this is the right series of books or possibly suggest other series that it might be.
Any help is much appreciated:-)
Hannah posts on 9/25/2013 4:01:06 PM
Any websites where I can find the entire collection so I can just start adding to my collection as I am able? I have about 20 of Norah Lofts books now and I went through the last 10 in less than a month!
Mary C posts on 6/15/2013 1:11:37 PM
Does the House trilogy really NEED a sequel? How much more could happen to the house in fifty years? And, thinking of what COULD, I'd hate to see it turned into condos! I think, from the way Sunset ends, that the house is still standing, and I'm content to let it go at that--unless somehow a descendant of Martin Reed emerges from somewhere! :)
Now To See a Fine Lady is another matter! I can imagine Araminta overcoming her mother's misgivings and getting Lady __ (can't remember the family's name!) to be Henry Higgins to Araminta's Liza, then being exactly the helpmate that family needs to further its egalitarian views. At the very least, she should have appeared, or at least been mentioned, in later novels as a gracious lady who championed the poor and powerless, and young people who learned that she came from such a background herself would be incredulous.
Daria posts on 6/15/2013 9:40:41 AM
Really cool to see that people still are into Lofts who is sometimes considered too old school. I remember Jassy which I thought was ahead of its time in the way the story played out. It was made into a pretty decent film in the 40s.
BarbaraH posts on 5/22/2013 12:50:53 AM
Hmmmm not sure about that , though I love the House and everthing else to death, I just dont know that I would want to read a contemporary-time episode as it were and it would have to be that wouldn't it , Sunset finishing in the fifties or sixties?
I've always wanted there to be a sequel to To See A Fine Lady and the Suffolk Trilogy, but who could match Norah Lofts ......
PS OumaFred, join us on Goodreads....
Ouma Fred posts on 5/20/2013 6:49:46 PM
Norah Lofts' publishers should be kind to us and come up with an offer a book deal to any writer who possesses a wealthy knowledge of English history to sequel Norah's House Trilogy. The beauty with which 'The House at Sunset' carved screams for continuation. Nora would have agreed. Experimenting is the best route through which good art is arrived at.
Mary posts on 2/1/2013 11:28:11 PM
Welcome, Megan! I second Barbara's invitation.
barbarah posts on 2/1/2013 10:09:39 PM
Hi Megan, how nice to get a new 'face'. I have all NL's too,and your copy Here Was A Man sounds a lovely thing to have.
Join us on the Fans of Norah Lofts on Goodreads too.
Megan Allan posts on 1/31/2013 9:07:20 PM
I have just discovered this site, and was pleased to do so, as I have been a fan of Norah Lofts for over forty years. I have a collection of all of her books, including some non-fiction. Best of all though, is the one given me by my son for Christmas a few years ago - a first edition of "Here Was a Man", and signed and dated November 1st, 1936. I treasure it!
Barbara posts on 2/19/2012 3:00:25 AM
Hi Ouma Fred. Not me unearthing treasures in ex aristocrats houses I'm afraid , I wish it were! But I'm so glad you are still having some luck. Most of my NL's are very unprepossesing , often with truly awful and unrepresentative pictures on the cover. Do join us at Fans of Norah Lofts on Goodreads.......
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