Friday, October 20, 2006

Friday Oct 20th
When I am not Joanna Bogle, I'm "Julia Blythe" and my first children's book "We didn't mean to start a school" was published under that name. It's still selling...ideal Christmas gift for girls aged 9-14, a story about a girls' school in the English countryside. Regular readers of this blog will find bits of it familiar.....I wrote the book as I was so appalled by some of the sordid rubbish that passes for teenage fiction these days. This is a real alternative: it got good reviews and has proved popular. Not easy to buy it in the USA: easiest way is direct from me. Send a cheque for fifteen dollars and I'll post you one: cheque made out to Mrs J. Bogle c/o 34 Barnard Gardens New Malden Surrey KT3 6QG England. MAKE SURE THAT YOU SEND ME A NOTE OF YOUR FULL POSTAL ADDRESS! I would prefer that you write the address in block capitalks: decip[hering place-names can be difficult.....

I am v. grateful to all the kind people who comment to this blog: please note that unless you send me a note of your email address, I cannot reply to you! All comments to the blog pass through a "Comments Moderation" system which means that I read them first, and only publish them if they are suitable. If you want to ask for some specific information, please include your full email address - which I won't publish - and I'll write back to you.

To the lady who enquired about my "Does the Church oppress women?" booklet - yes, I can post you one, so please send a cheque for seven dollars to the address given above.....

Spent this morning doing housework....nephew and niece coming to stay at the weekend as its half-term.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

When one of my children was leaving primary school, each child was asked to bring in a new book which would have a note saying they had donated it to the school, my Aleksandra brought in your book. Why not contact schools, they may be interested in purchasing a copy. It was also a birthday present for some of her friends. She loved your book, read it when she was in Year 5

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the info on your book...

Enjoy your weekend:)

Erin of Forest Glen said...

Hello from across the Atlantic... as a graduate student of theology in Washington, D.C., (at the John Paul II Institute) I'm really curious about discovering little enclaves of vibrant Catholic orthodoxy in unexpected places, especially among young adults. I was hoping to get your impressions of young Catholic communities around England - your recent post about giving a talk at Oxford sparked my curiosity. Are there - at Oxford particularly but elsewhere as well - pockets of interesting young committed Catholics?

In my mind, I'm distinguishing "orthodox" from mere "conservative" Catholics. There are many faithful Catholics in the US who are merely conservative, and lacking a certain vibrancy which comes from a wholeness and integration of the entire human person. These integrated Catholics tend to be more tuned in to different aspects of culture (the arts, for example), as well as different aspects of their selves (e.g., they eschew Manicheanism, and they play as hard as they worship and don't see a wide gap between the two).

I can see from your entries that you are terribly (wonderfully?) busy, but if you have a minute and are able, might you respond to me (in whatever way most convenient) and let me know, however briefly, where you may have seen such growth in England?

Whether or not you are able to respond, just want to let you know that I've been enjoying your blog a great deal. :) Peace be with you!!

-Erin -
eringriswold@gmail.com

Father John Boyle said...

Nice to see your blog Joanna. Linking to mine. Blessings.