Well I have very much enjoyed Mary Hocking reading week, I read two books, one I started a few days early to ensure I could get two read and reviewed during the week. I read A Time of War (1968) and its sequel The Hopeful Traveller (1970). It has been lovely to be able to share an author I really do think deserves greater recognition with you all, and inspire a few of you to join me. Thank you so much everyone who has joined me -there has been a lot of Mary Hocking books read this last week – either here, or on Facebook/Librarything/Twitter to talk about Mary Hocking – I think between us we have had a good go at raising the profile of this sadly neglected writer. Please click on the links below and read some fabulous reviews of Mary Hocking books.
Liz has borrowed and been reading a couple of my books that I loaned her recently, and you can read her review of An Irrelevant Woman here. Christine also read and reviewed An Irrelevant Woman. Lory – reviewed Good Daughters, the first book in the ever popular Fairley family trilogy – her review reminding me how much I enjoyed it. Jane – reviewed Mary Hocking’s final novel The Meeting Place, a beautifully evocative, quietly powerful novel. Anbolyn from Gundrun’s Tights has been reading A Particular Place which I know she will be reviewing soon. Caroline from Beauty and the Sleeping Cat read her second ever Mary Hocking novel and has now reviewed Letters from Constance – and enjoyed it very much, another novel I remember with great fondness.Harriet also read Letters from Constance, her wonderful review takes me right back to that lovely book.
There are, of course a number of Mary Hocking fans who don’t blog – but some of them have been happily chatting about her books on the Mary Hocking readers group – a very small but enthusiastic Facebook group which was definitely my favourite place to be this week. Nick has been reading Letters from Constance, while Belva has read The Meeting Place and Family Circle and is now reading Letters from Constance. Mary read Good Daughters which she loved and is already looking forward to Indifferent Heroes the second book in the Fairley trilogy. Max and Cynthia have also both been reading books from the Fairley family trilogy. Liz W and Jennifer have been reading An Irrelevant Woman while Marla read A Particular Place.
Over on my other favourite place the Librarything Virago Group (a few M H novels were once published by Virago). Peggy read Letters from Constance,and is now reading The Very Dead of Winter. Jen has been reading An Irrelevant Woman, and Heather has begun and says she is loving The Very Dead of Winter. Please let me know if I have left anyone out – there may well be others reading Mary Hocking books that I am not aware of – if so please use the comments to tell me about what you have read – and what you thought of it. Giveaway results are as follows – I explained in the original post that there would be one draw for entries from outside the UK and one draw selecting two winners for entries within the UK. I have used Random.org to help me choose the winners – who I have notified by email as well.
Ravingreader has won a copy of An Irrelevant Woman
Caroline from Beauty is a Sleeping Cat has won a copy of A Particular Place
Jacqui from Jacquiwine has won a copy of The Very Dead of Winter.
Thank you everyone who took part – I hope the winners enjoy the books. I still have four Mary Hocking books unread – and more to acquire – so I suspect I shall be reading more soon, and I hope some of you will be too.