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Posted by Peter Ceresole on January 02, 2016 at 06:36:10 user PeterC.

Just noodling through the stories, as you do, and read the final chapters of PM, my favourite of all the books.
The final chapters, the search for the GA, Colonel Jolys and the tin trumpets, the D's accidentally picking up Miss Turner at the houseboat and sailing her back to Beckfoot, with the hills ringing to the sound of coach horns and bloodhounds, and the GA's polishing off the hunters, "Down with one, ready for the next". And the recognition that Nancy and the GA have that fundamentally in common... It's beautifully told, a real adventure, told as if you were there, plenty for children but also a properly 'grown up' account of the feelings and actions of all. Detailed, spare, almost journalistic, in the best way.
I think that's my favourite passage of my favourite book.

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