Autumn Term

Autumn Term Twins Nicola and Lawrie arrive at their new school determined to do even better than their distinguished elder sisters but things don t turn out quite as planned

  • Title: Autumn Term
  • Author: Antonia Forest
  • ISBN: 9780571206407
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Paperback
  • Twins Nicola and Lawrie arrive at their new school determined to do even better than their distinguished elder sisters, but things don t turn out quite as planned.

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    1. I don't know how I managed never to discover Forest when I was younger, but I'm glad to find her now. She was recommended to me by some friends on-line, and four books kindly sent to me by a friend in England. They are hard to find here—I don't know why the heck they are not in constant print. At the front introduction of one, an old friend of hers speculates that critics scorned her for her first book being a 'school story'—a type that fell into disrepute earlier in the twentieth century, d [...]

    2. Oh wow! Antonia Forest's writing is so unique and wonderful, she really gets into her characters' qualities and flaws, it goes much further than anything I've read before in terms of characterization. None of her characters are entirely likable and all in all, Autumn Term is a hard sell - it's so much about the tiny interactions and the details, much more than about grand school things (though there's a good deal of that as well). Her novel is so realistic I'm inclined to say she really subverts [...]

    3. Thank you Constance for introducing me to this very memorable book/series. You've provided an abundance of book pleasure; you’ve read so many children’s books that aren’t esoteric, but were unknown to me and apparently to many others as well! Hope I can acquire/borrow all the books about the Marlow family; I see that they’re not easily found. I have a feeling this first book might end up being my favorite. The author is a terrific storyteller and has created engaging characters. (And, li [...]

    4. Incredibly good. One of the best school stories I have ever read, hands-down. It captures the anguish and intensity of being 12, in which every setback and humiliation looms as a huge tragedy. As a result, it is incredibly emotionally effective. The characters are astonishingly well-rounded, complex and believably flawed for a book that never really steps outside known school story formulas (new girls want to become successes, make a lot of blunders, but show hidden talents and triumph at last)a [...]

    5. I grew up on Enid Blyton, especially Malory Towers , and the boarding school genre has always been a favourite of mine. But Antonia Forest's boarding school novels are in a genre of their own.It all starts fairly predictably - twins going to a new school, expecting glory, team success and shooting that last goal in the Big Match just as the whistle blows for time. Saying things don't work out quite as planned doesn't even start to do justice to this brilliantly written book, with its dry narrati [...]

    6. I wish I hadn't given out all those five-stars now, because Autumn term now needs its own, six-star grading. When I was a girl, everybody had read Enid Blyton's school stories, and a few people had then moved on to the Chalet School and Trebizon. But I was the only person I knew who had read Antonia Forest. And whenever I tried to persuade somebody to read Autumn Term, they'd say no thank you, they'd already read the Malory Towers books and this book would just be more in the same vein. NO! You [...]

    7. I read this book quite a while ago on Constance's recommendation--if only more of Antonia Forest's books were available here! I always search them out when I'm in the UK. A great girls' school book--and thanks again, Constance!

    8. You know you're going to enjoy a book (or at least I do) when characters chide one another with "Don't be an ass." Forest's writing is straightforward and engaging, and she caught me up in the adventures of the Marlow twins right out of the gate. I am so pleased to have found this series and look forward to reading more of it.

    9. AF is probably one of the most underrated children's authors ever. Her school stories are filled with depth and sophistication missing from most other entries in the genre. Her family stories are even better.

    10. British boarding school drama that I missed when I was young and a boarding-school-drama addict. Thanks, Constance!

    11. Absolutely the greatest schoolgirl book I have ever read. I am looking forward to "Attic Term" if i can get it away from Pansy and Sophy

    12. Autumn Term is the first book of the Marlow chronicles by Antonia Forest. The Marlows are a large family of six girls (Karen, Rowan, Ann, Ginty and the twins Nicola and Lawrie) and their brothers (Giles and Peter). The stories centre mainly around the adventures of the youngest in the family, the twins, as they follow their elder sisters to Kingscote boarding school, but other titles in the series describe what happens to the family during school holidays. At the time of writing this review, I h [...]

    13. If you are used to school stories like Enid Blyton's and Elinor M Brent-Dyer's, you might find this a welcome change of pace. This painfully observant book about boarding school and the inner lives of young women is at times sarcastic, bitingly witty, thought-provoking, and touching. Nicola is one of my favorite girl protagonists. While I am certain I would have been scorned by her and the other self-assured Marlows. I love getting into their world and experiencing the embarrassing realistic obs [...]

    14. This book rubbed me the wrong way at first. I thought it was silly to have two main characters in a boarding school book with FOUR older sisters (and two essentially off-screen brothers). One might have thought it would have been wiser to reserve a younger sister for future addition. Also, it annoyed me that EVERYONE had a freaky British nickname. I mean, there was no Balmy Fotheringay-Phipps, but STILL. Pick a name. Seriously, there was this huge expositional introduction of characters and plus [...]

    15. I really enjoyed this, and wonder how I could have missed it during the whole boarding-school frenzy we all went through as 10-year-olds. (I loved the midnight feasts at St. Clare's and Malory Towers!) Antonia Forest's book is a little older than Enid Blyton's though, and also shockingly brutal - or maybe I didn't realise all those times when girls in Blyton stories shunned the inevitable outcast, that they were really bullying her in a way that could have led to graver consequences than lip-tre [...]

    16. I had this recommended to me because I mentioned loving books that take place at boarding schools, and fortunately the recommendation was spot on :-) I loved reading about Nick's and Lawrie's antics in Third Removed and especially thought the description of the play extremely well done - that is EXACTLY how it feels right down to the melancholy and "day after blues". I think Antonia Forest must have had experience with acting herself, to be able to describe it so well.A lovely cozy book, and the [...]

    17. I missed reading when I was younger as I wasn't a huge fan of school stories but if I'd come across this then it could well have changed my mind. The characters really come alive with all their faults and grow, change and learn lessons throughout the book. Lots of lovely subtle humour and a real feel for school life. I wish the other books in the series weren't so expensive so I could read my way through them all.

    18. When my mother was getting her master's degree, one of her professors heard about my interest in school stories and introduced us to this amazing author. This is the first of her books about the Marlow family, and begins with Nicola and Lawrie Marlow setting off for their first term at boarding school. Kingscote is a school with more dimension than Malory Towers or St. Clare's, and the Marlows are a family you will enjoy.

    19. I did enjoy this, but I didn't love it like I was expecting to. I'm not sure why that was - I think I just didn't feel enough interest in the main events of the story. I liked the characters - the sister/family relationships especially, although we only get little glimpses of them. But I definitely would like to read more of this in future books; I own one other book in the series, and will look into getting the rest.

    20. We enjoy reading school stories together but after a promising start I'm afraid I started skipping large parts that we found boring, arguing ect. These parts perhaps had lost their meaning with time because we couldn't quite see what there was to argue about. We did enjoy some detailed descriptions of girl guiding which was very interesting to see how different it is today.

    21. I love Antonia Forest. Her school stories are full of real people, and things do not always work out for them. This is the first of the stories about the Marlows, concentrating in the main on the youngest, twins, Laurie and Nicola, and their adventures at school. Great antidote to the saccharine sweet version available elsewhere.

    22. The plot is standard "going away to boarding school". The characters, however, are very lively and much more interesting than the standard issue. The play-within-the-book is well described and involving, and the whole very nicely done. Another I wish I'd read when I was 12, though I'm glad I had an opportunity to read it now- thanks to Abigail!

    23. whattay discovery this book was! A boarding school story, but SO different from Blyton's malory towers/st clare's series, though I didn't expect it to be. the characters are much more human, there is less judgement, less morality, less preaching. Though all the essentials are there, midnight parties and whatnots, but there is also much more. now if i could only find the sequel.

    24. Good fun, more a 3 1/2 star book though. None of the characters were particularly loveable, but I found their adventures to be thrilling to read about! Would read more in the series if they came my way, but am not going to begin a massive hunt for them.

    25. Seemingly more realistic than Enid Blyton's boarding school stories. Very interesting to note how attitudes to children and their behavioural standards have changed since the 1940s. Very enjoyable and vastly better written than EBs efforts.

    26. The characters are first rate, but this boarding school story doesn't have enough plot for my taste. The dialogue is great though, I might still read the sequels.

    27. Please note this is five stars for what it is within the expectations of the school genre. Review to come.

    28. Very enjoyable. Sometimes I found myself wishing the main characters were a little smarter or more academically inclined, though.

    29. For years a few of my UK friends recommended Antonia Forest to me, and for years I had to explain to them that I could not find the books in any library. At last I have gotten my hands upon the first one, and I am very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It is a school story in the long tradition of school stories, but with much more nuance than these stories usually have -- (view spoiler)[those who behave poorly, like Lois and Marie, do not always get a compeuppance beyond the protag [...]

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