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« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2017, 09:52:24 AM »

  Finally,
        I got time to finish the book. Thomas drove off on Arabella to the continent in 1939 and never returned to live in Dyffryn. In 1947 he signed the place over to Esme or Mrs Kirby so he made the break without malice which was decent of him. She farmed Dyffryn for 70 years and Thomas , who remarried, lived to a respectable 90 years, so dipping sheep did not seem to affect their lifespan terribly.
 Esme was an interesting lady and by all accounts liked to have her way, Initially i thought that Thomas was the driving force but no, it was Esme the relentless one.Interestingly, Thomas came out at Dunkirk and then went desert fighting, suffering from sun blindness but served with distinction,He wrote another book, " I bought a Star" his second marriage produced two daughters. Esme caught mumps in her late teens, Esme was the kind of lady that I could certainly admire but from a distance. Her driving would cure any romantic notions in me hysteria. It is possible that she was having a laugh at her passengers expense but i doubt it. She was just a totally reckless driver. Both of them in their day unashamedly loved speed and drove everywhere at full throttle.
                    Biff
  PS Donegal, I will drop your copy down to you next time I am down your way or maybe you might be passing by here, I will pm you. Thanks,
 
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« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2017, 05:54:11 PM »

I'm so pleased you've all enjoyed the book,  I love the chapter about putting in the turbine . Also the character who can carry huge slabs of stone.  "Lift them "Flammers on my back" and off he goes up the hill with a massive load.

Now this months good read will probably be classified as science fiction/fantasy.  Don't be put of.  It's an exploration of post apocalypse living and how nature could rapidly start to heal in the virtual absence of mankind. The central character is a geologist who survives (obviously) the disaster which overtakes man and as a scientist he starts to observe the changes about him.  As he gathers other survivors to him a small beacon is lit in the darkness and life goes on, differently.

 I've no idea if this is in print but I've reread it quite a few times and think it's a good read.

Earth Abides. By George R Stewart.

First published Victor Gollancz 1950, wow didn't realise it was to forward looking at it's time.  Corgi edition reissued 1973.

Cheers.

Andy
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