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Ann and Her Mother

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Published by Hodder and Stoughton (first published 1922)
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Lindsey
May 15, 2016 Lindsey rated it really liked it
One of Anna Buchan's Priorsford books, though Priorsford only appears tangentially. Originally published in 1921, I believe. It is a quiet, cozy story of a 30-something woman living in the isolated Scottish countryside with her aging mother, a minister's widow. To pass the lonely evenings, Ann decides to write her mother's 'Life' for the grandchildren.

The book plays out as the mother and Ann, and sometimes their long-serving servant, reminisce about family life in the past. The mother's story s
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Peggy
Oct 08, 2013 Peggy rated it really liked it
It's a small old, old book and I love the feel of it in my hands and the smell of it as I read. O. Douglas (Anna Buchan) books are always sweet, feel good reads and I always enjoy them immensely. This one was a little different as it really is Anna Buchan's autobiography thinly veiled as a piece of fiction. In this book she is Ann, the main character, who lives at 'Dreams', her lovely comfy home, with her old mother and two servants. One that has been with the family since she was a child. She ...more
Cera
Oct 13, 2008 Cera rated it it was ok
My least favourite of all the Buchan books; it's the story of Buchan's mother's life, framed as a fictional mother reminiscing with her daughter. It's not bad, but the device is clunky; I couldn't sympathise with the mother (because we're always seeing her through the daughter's eyes), and I couldn't sympathise with the daughter (because all she does is tease her mother & encourage her to tell stories). Autobiographical fiction often works well for me, but not this time.
Fenella Watson
May 30, 2014 Fenella Watson rated it it was ok
Shelves: greyladies
Perhaps if I'd known that it really was just Ann writing her mother's story of her life I would have thought differently. But I kept waiting for the book to 'start'.
For me also, this book is my least liked of all the O Douglas books. I will soon read the biography of Douglas and may find out that Ann and Her Mother is also autobiographical.
Katrina
Nov 06, 2012 Katrina rated it really liked it
If you enjoy cosy comfort reads set in Scotland in the early 20th century then you'll probably enjoy this one. It's different from her other books as it's the life story of the author's mother and the Buchan family in general. It will be especially interesting to anyone who has links with Kirkcaldy, the Kirkcaple of the book.
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Born Anna Masterton Buchan, younger sister to the statesman & prolific novelist John Buchan. She began writing in 1911, and published 12 novels and a personal memoir of her brother before her death. Her novels are humorous domestic fiction, focusing on the lives of families in Scotland. Her autobiography was published posthumously, in 1960.
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