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Subject: a hidden gem i just finished
Date Posted: 1/29/2010 3:42 PM ET
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i just finished, 'castles in the air' by judy corbett.  she and her husband bought and restored a very old and decrepit, falling down castle in wales - gwydir castle, near conwy and snowdon.  i wish we had known about it sooner, and we could have visited it, but i knew nothing about it until we got back from our trip.  it is a wonderful book.  a nonfiction book about restoring a castle might sound boring, but it was anything but.  they deal with damp and rot and flood and skeletons and bats and ghosts and frogs and chilblains, and a bit of mystery when they search for the dismantling of a golden room that was auctioned off and follow leads to san simeon and william randolph hearst - on top of all this, she is an excellent writer and is able to conjure up before your eyes, the enchanted welsh countryside within which is this jewel of a castle.  i don't know if the book is listed here or not, but it's a great read.  i'm keeping mine to read over again!

Date Posted: 1/29/2010 7:46 PM ET
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Sounds like a fun read. Too bad there are, like, zero copies available. sad0002.gif

Date Posted: 1/29/2010 9:57 PM ET
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I've had this book on my wishlist since 2008--it's a slow mover!  I love books about rehabbing anything (currently reading Barn House, about a guy rehabbing a house in Chicago) but being an Anglophile, I know I would love "Castles in the Air".  I have faith that I'll get it eventually!

Date Posted: 1/30/2010 12:27 AM ET
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I just read Castles in the Air  myself recently and gave it an excellent review.  I had to buy it new as I realized I'd never get it here.  I ordered it online with several others and unfortunately it came to me with this wavy cover - something with the binding (all the pages are fine/normal).   I'd be hesitant to post it thinking someone would think it had water damage (which it didn't).  Right now my daughter is reading it but if anyone is interested, let me know, I could let you know when she finishes it... then I could post it to your wish list if you're interested.

Trying to talk DH into our next vacation being to England & Wales... we'll see.


Last Edited on: 2/1/10 6:08 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/10/2010 1:08 PM ET
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Julie -- Thanks for mentioning this book, it was been on my wishlist for a long, long time and after reading your comments on it I finally broke down and ordered a copy. You have turned me on to lots of great books through your thread on the Travel Forum about Books about the UK, and just wanted to thank you!

Date Posted: 2/25/2010 9:21 AM ET
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Stayed up late reading this. Love it. I will finish it today.

Date Posted: 3/8/2010 12:56 PM ET
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Thank you very much...another book added to my PBS wishlist...!!! :o)

Date Posted: 3/10/2010 8:56 AM ET
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Another for the WL. Thanks for posting about it.

Date Posted: 3/10/2010 7:09 PM ET
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yippee my libary had a copy! now to just find time to read it!

Date Posted: 3/24/2010 1:03 PM ET
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thanks for the recommendation! I was lucky enough to get it from the library and just returned it yesterday. I enjoyed reading it though I had to read it in sections due to being so busy - I recommend this as a one-sit read if possible.. I think I would have enjoyed it even more if I could have settled down nice and comfy and read it straight through though I enjoyed it regardless.