What books did you read when you were little?

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Jillyw

What books did you read when you were little?

Started reading at school with Janet and John books. I remember our headmistress reading "My Naughty Little Sister" by Dorothy Edwards, and thought that was wonderful. Then I went on to read every EB book I could get my hands on. Then having a sister who is 9 years older than me, I went onto to Agatha Christie, as she was reading them. I was never interested in comics, except the girl next door used to have Bunty, which she gave to me when she'd finished with them. I never read them , but cut out the paper doll and clothes on the back page.

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JaneMR

Books - what I read

I try and mix it up a bit with some classics, ancient and modern, mixed with a a bit of history, AGA-sagas and a bit of poetry. I also do a french conversation class so we read some French books too.

Currently I am reading a history of the Pompeii disaster, The Lacuna and a book of short stories in french, plus of course cookery books!.

My favourite "I-feel-miserable-make-the-world-go-away" book is The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer. Must have read it 6 or 7 times.

What books did you read when you were little?

Sorry Jane - I meant when you were little......

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sandra

When little...

Thought Beatrix Potter was boring, relatives gave you her books as a treat back in the 50's. Beautifully illusrated but so stupid I thought.

Loved EB. Shadow the Sheepdog - all time favourite.

My parents introduced me to Dickens at quite a young age - only have to hear " It was the best of times and the worst of times " to make me dissolve into tears even now. Obviously a much maligned childhood !

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JAMES

Little Books.

I was brought up on Roald Dahl.

I recently (well two years ago!) bought a beautiful Folio Society set of about 6 of his most famous titles but its too posh for me to use!

I adore all his books, and I've had to replace them many times over the years as I re-read them often and they get knackered.

Luckily, the book people do a set of 16 or 10 on a fairly regular basis for a cheap price so I often get that when mine are on their last legs again.

Also his "Tales of the unexpected" more adult style books are totally fantastic.

I help a lovely Spanish guy that I know through the Kylie web site with his English. He is really keen to make himself as perfect as possible in English to further his future.

He emails me homework and I suggest places where more help is needed (His teacher knows I do this, I don't correct it for him, I tell him things that need looking at again and ask questions to make him understand) and they recently did "Lamb to the Slaughter"
which is a Dahl short story that was inc in the Unexpected TV series with Susan George in it.

Anyway, shortly after we had talked about that, the book people had 8 of Dahls adult short story books for only £5!!!!! I sent the one with that very story on the cover first, and am sending them over one by one and he reads them, asks questions, we discuss the stories, the meanings and all that.

Needless to say, I got a set of those books for myself too! :)

Oh I love Roald Dahl, and am so pleased that his legacy continues.

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JaneMR

What books did you read when you were little?

Like most of us it started with Janet and John, a source of amusement to me and my brother because those are our "proper" names. On to Enid Blyton: Famous Five, the boarding school books, Malcolm Saville?, the children's classics: Heidi, Katie, Little Women, Robert Louis Stevenson, I can't list them all but we were encouraged to read as much as possible of whatever genre, often beyond the deemed age.

Comics: my father, probably the best read man I have ever met, would wander down to Woolworths on Saturday morning and return with a large bag of Pik'n'Mix plus all the comics, which he would then sit on until he had finished them all (the comics that is) and then we were allowed to read them! The sweets he handed over straight away.

He also had a slightly naughty habit of reading out the Problem Pages from my mother's magazines over breakfast for our general edification and amusement.

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fiona dawn

books

Iremember reading Milly Molly Mandy, all the Enid Blyton books, I always used to wish I could go to a school like Mallory Towers! Then I went through a pony loving stage and read the Jill has two ponies etc series of books which I think were written by Ruby Ferguson, as I got older I moved onto the Nancy Drew books then Victoria Holt and Agatha Christie, comics I remember were Bunty, Tammy, Mandy and Judy then I moved onto Pink and Jackie, my Dad was in the Army when I was young and some of the places we was stationed in didn't get the comics regularly, so my Grandad who worked at a printers used to get all of the comics aswell as the local paper and send them in a big bundle along with a monthly letter from my Gran. I still love reading and would feel lost if I didn't have didn't have a book to read at night.

 
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