Monday, 24 May 2010

Milly & Dottie's Jolly Good Read

It's that time of year - the sun starts to shine, our thoughts turn to holidays, lazy days on the beach or in the garden and to the book that will be our new summer companion.
Summer holidays for Milly and Dottie conjure up images of lazing on a hammock or deckchair, our noses buried in a well-thumbed favourite book.
Before you compose your summer reading list, we would like to invite you to enter our competition, "Milly and Dottie's Jolly Good Read".
We all of us have a favourite book or two, one that holds special memories, makes us chuckle, transports us to a different time or place and even makes us shed a tear or two - Milly has a penchant for domestic novels of 1930s and 40s, but her all time favourites are "I Capture The Castle" and "Love In A Cold Climate". Dottie, on the other hand, loves the windswept novels and intrigue of Daphne Du Maurier's classics, such as 'Rebecca', or the gentle Irish romance of Edna O'Brien's 'The Girl with Green Eyes'.

Over in our Library, vintage books have been flying off the shelves since our Emporium opened and we're so happy to see that you enjoy a good old read too! All manner of vintage books on a variety of subjects - children's books, cookery, nature and gardening, novels both tragic and comic have been bought.
What we would like to know is, what kind of book tickles your fancy? Is it flora and fauna? Meringues and macaroons? Kitchen sinks and afternoon teas? Jolly good adventures or a mystery or two? Is it Aunty Fanny's fruit cake and a Famous Five mystery that ticks your boxes or a touch of blackberry picking with Milly Molly Mandy?
Why don't you let us know your all time favourite vintage read? We will then publish a list in our Emporium and one lucky entrant will win a vintage book of our choice. Please send all entries to us at The Emporium at our email address We really look forward to hearing from you.


  1. I'm sure that Milly will be happy to hear that after reading many posts from recommending "I Capture The Castle" I have finally gone out and bought a copy :)

  2. Can I tell you my darling 12 year old daughter's favourite vintage book instead? It's Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild and she must have read it half a dozen times by now! She is a complete bookworm and loves vintage books so we are taking her to Hay on Wye for her 13th birthday in August while we are on holiday. Lucy x

  3. Oops! Just seen that I need to email you so I'm off to do that now! Lx


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