Norah Lofts Message Board

barbara posts on 1/31/2010 12:06:20 AM Hello everybody. Yay, the site lives again - I see Mary and others and everything! It even looks better somehow, a different font and format or something? Wasn't Baildon based on Bury St Edmunds? I seem to remember being told that here in this site ( or Goodreads) Someone, - sorry I just forget who, asked about backgrounds, asking if we are about early 60's and either British or American, well for the record I fit right into that demographic, 63 and English, though living in Australia for 30 plus years.
Sylvia posts on 1/30/2010 3:46:58 PM Hi from Ohio, USA! Getting to know all of you is a joy. Cassie, you may be the youngest of this group! It's very comforting to know NL's work will carry on. Susan, I was googling myself till 2 am and discovered a Baildon, England though it was also in the wrong place like your Layer Wood. Maybe these regions took their names from NL. I tried to find a Bywater, thinking that possibly a few of NL's locations were real, like famous people in some of her historical fiction. But a Bywater is not listed in any part of England. I also found that there are sites of fictional maps, but so far it's Narnia, Middle Earth, etc. type places. Mary, I think it would be fitting, if NL's last book is ever republished (Pargeter's?) for your poem of tribute to be included in that volume. I wonder if the company that printed the Town House trilogy last year would purchase your poem for future reference or if you don't want to sell it, let them know that it exists? I'll look that company up again. Mary and Rita, where in the world are you? as well as any other NL fans who haven't given out their general locations yet!) Sorry I'm so snoopy! It's just so exciting to know how far ranging we NL fans are.
Cassie posts on 1/30/2010 1:03:52 PM I am 33 and have been reading NL since I was a teenager. I live in Washington state in the US.

Susan Edwards posts on 1/30/2010 11:45:26 AM I just googled "Layer Wood" and it brought up a map in Essex, and there it is! Layer Woodf! I know it is not "The" Layer Wood, but thought you would be interested to know this little bit of trivia!
Mary 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!
Susan Edwards 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!
Sylvia 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.
Susan 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!
Mary 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?
Sylvia 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.
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