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Calling Antonia Forest fans - who is your favourite character and who are you most like?

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MirandaWest Thu 29-Aug-13 20:03:04

Have been doing some re-reading of Antonia Forest books (including Spring Term which I had only read once before and couldn't remember much at all blush)

As is probably clear I do like Miranda very much smile And also like Rowan too. Ginty annoys me, as does Lawrie to a lesser extent.

I enjoy reading about Nicola but in real life I think I would find her a bit intimidating.

I do sometimes think I might be an Esther. But at least I am not a Lois....

5Foot5 Thu 29-Aug-13 22:25:20

Don't mean to be picky but can we describe Antonia Forest as "Adult Fiction"?

Don't get me wrong - I love "Autumn Term" and if I were lucky (or rich) enough to be able to get hold of the others I would read them like a shot. I am a big fan of girls' school stories. But doesn't this belong in Childrens?

HumphreyCobbler Thu 29-Aug-13 22:28:05

Do you have the complete set Miranda? envy

I have spent many hours pondering which one I would most LIKE to be, but I fear that I am not actually like any of them.

I am a Nicola fan really, though Tim and Lawrie are utterly brilliant characters. But they are all brilliant. I love those books.

HumphreyCobbler Thu 29-Aug-13 22:31:47

I have not read Spring Term, I assumed it would not be any good and I really couldn't bear it..

kalidasa Thu 29-Aug-13 22:37:41

I'm not sure any children actually read Forest these days so I reckon the thread is probably in the right place!

I particularly like Janice.

MirandaWest Thu 29-Aug-13 22:53:08

I did consider putting it in Children's Fiction but did a search first and other people have gone for Adult Fiction so I have too smile

Janice is great actually (of course Miranda would say that smile)

Cantdothisagain Fri 30-Aug-13 11:44:06

I am most like Karen. Not a good thing.

I like Miranda. Though she is mean sometimes.

teabagpleb Fri 30-Aug-13 13:52:06

I'm probably Jan Scott - had attitude problem thus not worthy of being a prefect etc. Only with Lawrie's being scared of stuff, and Rowan's practicality. Actually might just be Rowan. When not clamping mangolds...

CJCregg Fri 30-Aug-13 18:49:59

Lovely idea for a thread. Miranda, I think I met you at a meet-up when you were LawrieMarlow grin

You're supposed to like Rowan and Janice, because Nicola likes them best and, mostly, the world is seen through her perspective. I totally agree that IRL I would probably find Nicola intimidating - she's so self-assured. I have always wished I had one tiny fraction of her confidence and the ease with which she achieves things.

I like Tim but wouldn't necessarily like to be friends with her. (That makes me Nicola, doesn't it?!)

Tell you who I can't bear - those awful friends of Ginty's. Jocelyn and Isa and Emma and Verity. Ghastly crew, they are.

I came on here to look for an Elizabeth Jane Howard thread, and have been completely sidetracked. I love Antonia Forest, and have most of the books, either in original from childhood or gradually obtained through second-hand dealers. Is Spring Term worth reading? I sort of can't bear to ...

Cantdothisagain Fri 30-Aug-13 19:04:40

I don't know whether to read Spring Term or not either...

ParkerTheThief Fri 30-Aug-13 19:08:58

I'm probably an Esther, without the beauty.

I like Rowan and Peter best.

I'm not keen on Ginty, I think I'd dislike her in real life.

ParkerTheThief Fri 30-Aug-13 19:11:27

I didn't like Spring Term, it just didn't quite feel right to me. In fact, I can't remember the plot because I think I have blanked it from my mind whereas I know the others inside out.

DH bought me the complete set for Christmas years ago. It was the best present I have ever received. They are referred to as the precious books in the style of Gollum.

beatricequimby Fri 30-Aug-13 19:30:39

I think I might be Sally or Maggie Sutton. Quite nice but not inner circle.

beatricequimby Fri 30-Aug-13 19:31:16

Apart from Nicola, I like Miranda and Esther best.

MirandaWest Fri 30-Aug-13 19:42:29

I did enjoy Spring Term but it definitely wasn't quite the same and I think the fact I couldn't remember any of it says quite a lot.

lotsofdirections Fri 30-Aug-13 23:10:40

Jan Scott is my favourite although I do have a soft spot for Pomona! Spring Term is entertaining as one fan's interpretation as to what happens next.

BTW I have a spare copy of 'Fly Away Home' available for a donation to BHF.

lotsofdirections Fri 30-Aug-13 23:47:58

DUH! I mean't 'Run Away Home' of course, sorry.

ravenAK Fri 30-Aug-13 23:53:29

I'd rather like to be Miss Cromwell, actually.

'Spring Term' didn't quite do it for me. Wasn't convinced by the total destruction of Ginty, or Patrick & Nicola - & the intermittent attempts at AF's style didn't quite come off. Brave effort, though!

My favourite books are 'The Player's Boy'/'The Players & the Rebels', although 'Peter's Room' is a close runner up.

Cantdothisagain Sat 31-Aug-13 04:58:42

I've only read the school ones. I would love Run Away Home and be happy to pay you for it or donate.

I was terrified of Miss Cromwell but yes she had something about her. Really despised Miss Redmond, the Guide woman, for believing Lois constantly. And liked the laid back one - what was her name? - the one who took a pragmatic approach.

Agree with PP about Ginty's awful friends.

I loved these books and still have them and reread them a couple of years ago. Her characters feel so real!

LifeHuh Sat 31-Aug-13 21:37:08

My favorites are Karen and Jan. And actually I like Ann too - I think she gets a bum deal because AF doesn't like her...

Rowan would scare me in RL - she is intimidating in the books I think, so very competent and sure of herself.
Most like? Hmm-in my RL schooldays I think I'd probably have been "one more infant rabbit keeping her tiny end up" (have I misquoted/misremembered that?) Definitely not a sporty popular Marlow.

Think perhaps I am an amalgam of Karen/Ann/Patrick/Lois....<contemplates own character in horror smile >

I've read Spring Term, but it hasn't stuck in my memory which isn't much of a recommendation!

teabagpleb Sun 01-Sep-13 07:30:54

I read Spring Term. It was OK but had too many italics in it, and once I'd first noticed that, I couldn't ignore them. I wasn't convinced by absolutely no-one having any sympathy for Ginty, and the Redmond being crap was a bit ropey too - needed a bit more effort to be convincing.

I'd definitely have been absent rabbit on the sports field, but would have been the Narrator in any play, making Autumn Term very different!

I need to re-read the Players books - I got both when GGB printed them, but forgot what happened in the first by the time I got the second.

CJCregg Sun 01-Sep-13 10:45:34

I ordered Spring Term at 1am last night, thanks to this thread grin.

I never read the Player's Boy ones, for some reason. I might try to hunt them down. Anything for a bit of an AF fix.

My favourite is Peter's Room. I love the relationships between them all, and I think what she does with the Gondal and Angria Brontë stuff is quite extraordinary.

ParkerTheThief Sun 01-Sep-13 15:02:48

I started a complete reread of the series last night thanks to this thread.

I read an interesting article somewhere (can't recall where) saying that in any other school story Ann would have been the heroine. She's honest, well behaved, hardworking etc.

I can't decide which book is my favourite. I'm very fond of Faconer's Lure, but I love the Gondalling in Peter's Room.

I love End of Term when Miranda goes from being someone who Nicola doesn't like to a friend.

CJCregg Sun 01-Sep-13 15:27:48

Yes - Miranda of 'Kitchen and Jumble is quite good enough for Third Remove' fame grin

ParkerTheThief Sun 01-Sep-13 15:28:09

I've just been looking at the GirlsGoneBy website and I can see they are publishing some of The Chalet School books as ebooks.
I wonder if they'll do the Antonia Forest ones. I'd love to have them on my Kindle so I could read them anywhere.

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