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Oct. 5th, 2006

Oh dear, I'm not sure how long I can go on hating Lucy Mangan now I know she loves the Gwen Grant books (even if she says they're set near Sheffield, whereas I'm pretty sure they were set near Nottingham). I too used to read bits of them aloud to my mother (my sisters had all read the books themselves), and there are bits that still, after all these years, make me laugh just thinking about them. One of my favourites was when the nameless heroine's mother says that "Our Rose is a very nice girl" and the heroine looks at her and thinks "you can tell she's a Mam thinking our Rose is a nice girl". I don't know why I find that so funny, but I do.

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glitzfrau
Oct. 5th, 2006 10:34 am (UTC)
Oh, I loved that article too! Particularly her verdict on the likelihood of Narnia leading to conversion to fundamentalist Christianity. Damnit!
cangetmad
Oct. 5th, 2006 11:02 am (UTC)
I refuse to read it. Why must people damage my prejudices? Why? Bugger the world and bugger complexity. I'm going to buy some crisps.
leedy
Oct. 5th, 2006 11:33 am (UTC)
DAMN. She likes Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH as well!
biascut
Oct. 5th, 2006 11:50 am (UTC)
I KNOW!
biascut
Oct. 5th, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC)
Also, Nottingham and Sheffield aren't that far apart - Nottinghamshire's long and thin, so if you're getting into north Notts, you're less than thirty miles from Sheffield, and about twenty from Nottingham. Which is why the dialect also has so much more in common with Yorkshire and Lincolnshire than it does with what I speak.
biascut
Oct. 5th, 2006 05:54 pm (UTC)
Well, hm. "What I speak" isn't really what I mean, since I don't speak that Nottingham, and that's more to do with class and not having parents from Nottingham. But the language that I think of as Nottingham and heard at school isn't as Northern as what Gwen Grant writes: I never heard anyone saying Mam rather than Mum until I knew a lad from Hartlepool.
slemslempike
Oct. 5th, 2006 11:45 am (UTC)
She was also at the AF conference.

The Gwen Grant books are ace! I love the one when she goes to that fresh air school and gets toothpaste.
kulfuldi
Oct. 5th, 2006 11:48 am (UTC)
I know nothing about Lucy Mangan, but that was a great article. Particularly the bit about Narnia not being likely to bring about conversion. I've never read 'Private - Keep out' or 'Mrs Frisby', but I think a little search on Amazon is in order.

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