And our Retro Classic November Book of the Month is...MRS TIM OF THE REGIMENT by D. E Stevenson (discussion Mon 7 December)

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MRS TIM OF THE REGIMENT has squeezed ahead to win our November Book of the Month poll, beating HENRIETTA'S WAR by just one vote.

We'll be chatting about MRS TIM OF THE REGIMENT on MONDAY 7 DECEMBER from 8pm to 9.30pm. Hope you can join us!

Don't forget you can order your copy here

And, for anyone who missed out on the vote here were November's book choices and this is how Book Club works.

Roopoo Fri 11-Dec-09 15:52:59

My books arrived today and they are gorgeous!!! Thanks you soo much !!!

DutchOma Tue 08-Dec-09 08:46:12

Very pleased. Thank you

chickbean Mon 07-Dec-09 22:12:50

Me too Roopoo grin - except, of course, the baby show I won when the other children had chickenpox (but that was a very long time ago).

Roopoo Mon 07-Dec-09 22:08:01

I have never won anything in my life... just nearly fell off the sofa in shock grin

carriemumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 07-Dec-09 21:55:18

Thanks everyone for your company - really enjoyed it.

See you all next time

GeraldineMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 07-Dec-09 21:53:35

Please can you email me at contactus@mumsnet.com with your details, so I can arrange to get the book sets to you.

Thanks Tilly! And thanks to everyone who took part. Please come back in the new year.

And any suggestions for themes you'd like book group to do, please email us.

GeraldineMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 07-Dec-09 21:49:06

Gerry's daughter here. Just been dragged away from Life (highly educational, I might add) and these are the three names I pulled out first:

Dutchoma

Chickbean

Roopoo

Back to the telly for me, bye

p.s. bratnav, sorry to leave just as you arrive, and please carry on everyone who wants to...

elkiedee Mon 07-Dec-09 21:38:27

Aaarrrrggh, I guess I've missed being included in the prize draw. Have only just got downstairs from settling baby to sleep (he woke up and then I fell asleep when he did).

I'm still waiting for a copy from the library but would have liked, if I'd got the book in time, to join in tonight's bookclub discussion. (I would have also liked to enter the prize draw).

GeraldineMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 07-Dec-09 21:36:58

Going to put names in a bag and drag one of DC away from telly/computer/mobile to do the draw <while worrying about slug under bowl>.

NoelRocks Mon 07-Dec-09 21:36:57

Thanks Tilly and everyone else - another enjoyable chat.

Merry Christmas and God bless us, every one xx

NoelRocks Mon 07-Dec-09 21:35:51

I would have asked why she chose to write this in the form of a diary and whether she felt this restricted her in any way. I find the way writers make these sorts of decisions very interesting.

Dutchoma/Champagne - I think the MNers might have been just a bit judgemental about the potential affair, TBH!! Although, I'm sure she would have told to have a word with her DH and grab some proper me-time!

chickbean Mon 07-Dec-09 21:33:46

"Miss Buncle's Book" which I mentioned earlier is all about a woman who writes about her real-life neighbours - had never thought about it before, but perhaps her Mrs Tim characters were a bit too recognisable as RL people. Would have loved to ask her that. Also, whether she had a "Tony" in her life, or just a fantasy!

Thanks to everyone for a very stimulating chat. I now feel I enjoyed aspects of the book more than I realised, in a veggie soup kind of fashion.

I'm going to bow out now, but GeraldineMumsnet will announce the winners of the prize draw in a moment - good luck all.

Bookclub will be on holiday over December, and back with the next selection in early January.

Merry Christmas
x

champagnesupernova Mon 07-Dec-09 21:30:49

LOL DutchOma I think collective MN would probably say "he's an arse! You deserve some happiness with dashing fellow with fancy car!"

Ooh tricky question Tilly - I think I would ask her what keeps Tim and Hester together - there's an undercurrent of something but they seem so different with different views of duty and parenting etc.

lalaa Mon 07-Dec-09 21:30:21

i would have asked something similar to roopoo but it would have been about the practicalities of life now for women with children as compared with life then.

bratnav Mon 07-Dec-09 21:29:58

Oh dear, I read the book 3 weeks ago and forgot the discussion was tonight, my first bookclub too blush

I loved the book, I found the fact that it was in diary brilliant, I usually plough through books way too quickly, and this got me to slow down a bit.

I thought all the characters were great, except Tim, I agree with you all on him, and that it was so innocent, both Hester and the period it was set in, I did imagine her having a gentle smile to herself, knowing Tony was in love with her, nice ego boost, but secure that nothing will ever happen.

I want to go slightly giddy in Scotland whilst farming the DCs out to kindly people <sulks>

ReneRusso Mon 07-Dec-09 21:26:16

Oops forgot it was the discussion tonight. I'm only a few chapters in though.

carriemumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 07-Dec-09 21:26:08

I would have asked her if, as suspected, the characters were based on RL people was she worried about offending people.

Also did she think Hester and Tony would eventually have a flingette?

DutchOma Mon 07-Dec-09 21:22:56

Sorry x post with Tilly's question.

DutchOma Mon 07-Dec-09 21:20:51

But what would the combined power of MN have said if someone had posted in Relationships:"My husband loves me and I have two darling children, but he is such a bore and never likes anything I buy. I have been invited by a dear friend to a holiday in Scotland without my dh and this dashing colleague is making a pass at me. Should I have an affair or not?"

Roopoo Mon 07-Dec-09 21:20:35

I would have asked her if she felt that although times and society have changed does she see any difference in the inner struggles faced by women then compared to women now??

(hope that makes sense)

champagnesupernova Mon 07-Dec-09 21:18:48

The household management was just what happened though, wasn't it? And she needed to have a cook and Annie to bathe Betty etc because she had to fulfil her role as Mrs Tim and call on the other women - "admiring babies" etc (going to the children's party for e.g. which I could completely visualise)
Tilly, my father was in the navy, so I dunno about barracks but being on a "patch" of Married Quarters certainly had this kind of feel - all the women sticking together, calling round unannounced etc and yes, even the borrowing of crockery etc.

Roopoo Mon 07-Dec-09 21:17:48

NoelRocks - In a way that's the only reason that I enjoyed the book as it was so pleasant that it was easy to switch off for 10 minutes here and there and just have a read without having to think about bath bedtime cooking dinner etc

And one last question, to everyone:

If we'd been able to get D. E Stevenson on for an author Q&A, what would you have asked her?

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