Norah Lofts Message Board
barbara 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..
Sylvia 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!
Rita 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.
Susan 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!
Cassie posts on 1/22/2010 11:16:07 AM
I haven't received anything from this page in forever either. I was involved with the group on Goodreads.com, which I think is an easier forum for discussing, but I haven't been on there in a long time (so busy!)
Mary posts on 1/22/2010 12:59:39 AM
Yhis is the first time I've received anything from this group in MONTHS! It's marvelous to be back in the loop! [new paragraph] Rita and Ann, I'm pretty sure that Bless This House is the only book that Tom Rowhedge appears in. [new paragraph] Jennifer, I understand that Jassy was filmed ages ago, starring Margaret Lockwood and with a happy ending, but it has never been released on DVD. If we take up Sylvia'a suggestion and organize, maybe we can bring presure to bear on the studio to release it!
Sylvia posts on 1/22/2010 12:39:33 AM
I just discovered these messages and just wish we could form a Norah Lofts Club! I read somewhere in these that someone had asked if anybody had mapped out Layer Wood and all the surrounding villoages and manors. I remember seeing a map published on the inside front cover of one of her books probably 40 years ago, but didn't think to get a copy of it. That would be a grand poster!
Marion Langham posts on 1/2/2010 8:21:10 AM
I have only just discovered this forum but I discovered Norah Lofts many years ago. I adored her books and decided to write to tell her so.
We corresponded several times and I still have her letters.
She was a lovely lady and a very talented author.
I have read most of her historical novels but occasionally come across one that I missed.
I recently found Silver Nutmeg and devoured it.
Norah Lofts will always hold a special place in my heart.
Natasha posts on 12/31/2009 11:55:10 AM
Hello all, I feel very fortunate to have discovered Norah Lofts by coming across Gad's Hall recently. Enjoyed it greatly - historically fascinating and subtle yet eerie. I look forward to reading The Haunting of Gad's Hall next. I'm currently on a search for other such "stories of the supernatural" by Norah Lofts, any recommendations?
BarbaraH posts on 12/23/2009 3:36:53 AM
Nobody seems to have posted much recently, but I don't believe we are not reading Herself, do you?
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