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susan scarlett and telly

Thanks to daegaer and glitzfrau and their mad restricted-book-borrowing skillz, I am currently in temporary possession of two of the romance novels Noel Streatfeild wrote during the '40s. Yes, in between writing Ballet Shoes and my favourite of all her books, The Painted Garden, she wrote a bunch of cheesey romances under the name Susan Scarlett. I'm reading one of them now, and it's so much fun. It's quite obviously Streatfeild - it's written in her very distinctive style - but then every so often there'll be lines like "she loved looking at Paul's handsome face. He was so masterful, so strong." Which is very weird. But very entertaining. The one I'm reading is about a ballet dancer, which makes it even more typically Streatfeildy, and which adds to the general weirdness.

As well as reading forgotten romances, I've been watching some episodes of Gilmore Girls which barsine's boyfriend kindly burned for me. I'd actually never seen the first few episodes of the second season, so it was cool to catch them at last. Plus, I love Luke. I've always loved him, so this isn't some new revelation, but I just thought I'd declare it publically. He's one of my favourite characters on TV these days. He, Bernard Black of Black Books and Dr Cox from Scrubs should have a show together. Three grumps with hearts of gold, all in one show! Although on second thoughts, Bernard doesn't have a heart of gold at all....


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Mar. 12th, 2004 11:17 am (UTC)
Oh my goodness, I had no idea NS had written as anyone else! I'm deeply jealous of your getting to read those, and amused to think that even when she abandoned writing for children NS still wrote about dancing. *g*

Congrats on getting your hands on them, and let us know what you think when you're done.
Mar. 12th, 2004 12:06 pm (UTC)
Do you happen to know if there's a biography of Streatfeild?
Mar. 12th, 2004 12:45 pm (UTC)
Yes, there's one by Angela Bull, but it's out of print. And then there are her three volumes of autobiography, which are amazing - the first is still in print, but the others are hard to get. I paid about thirty quid for one of them in a specialist kidlit shop in London.
Mar. 13th, 2004 10:06 am (UTC)
Thanks! I just ordered the Angela Bull one off Interlibrary-Loan. :)
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