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She stood for a long time looking at the verses in which Emily Dickinson had chronicled her heartbreak. Loneliness had taught Harriet that there was always *someone* who understood — it was just that so very often they were dead, and in a book.

A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson, 1985

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    • !!! Oh no, I didn’t actually enjoy the book at all (I think my ‘this book made no sense to me’ review is due to post soon from the archive). Are there more in the series?? I really wanted to like this book – and some of the writing was beautiful – but by the time they locked her in an attic with nothing but her shift to wear, I was getting to where I couldn’t deal with the drama any more haha

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      • Hahaha!! It was very dramatic, but I’m okay with it so long as I think of it in a modern fairytale type way – which might be because I’ve read more by Ibbotson? It’s not a series exactly BUT there are four more books that are very much along the same lines – The Morning Gift being the best of them. I think her characterisation is marvellous!


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