Friday, 17 September 2010

Romantic Novel Poll and Amelia

The Best Love Story of the Last 50 Years
'Linda Gillard's book Star Gazing topped a poll to find the most romantic novel of the last 50 years. She beat Barbara Taylor-Bradford's classic book, A Woman of Substance and Trisha Ashley's Every Woman for Herself, who were both runners-up. The poll was organised by Woman's Weekly in conjunction with the Romantic Novelists' Association and the awards were presented at a champagne breakfast by best-selling author and Chair of the RNA, Katie Fforde.'   Many congratulations, Linda.  Linda was a Transita author too so am basking at a distance in her reflected glory!

Here is the longlist: A Horseman Riding By, A Woman Of Substance, An Absolute Scandal - Penny Vincenzi, Bridget Jones' Diary, Checkmate - Dorothy Dunnett, Chocolat, Consider The Lily Elizabeth Buchan, Every Woman For Herself Tricia Ashley, Light A Penny Candle, Miss M and Me Jemme Forte, Penmarric - Susan Howatch, Possession, Riders, Scarlet Ribbons - Emma Blair, Someday, Somewhere Eileeen Ramsay, Star Gazing - Linda Gillard , Tell It To The Skies Erica James
Far Pavilions, French Lieut's Woman, The Island, Labyrinth
The Nearness Of You - Mike Hutton, The Nonesuch - Georgette Heyer
The Other Boleyn Girl, The Rector's Wife - J Trollope, The Shell Seekers, The Tamarind Seed - Evelyn Anthony, Tilly Trotter, Touch Not The Cat - Mary Stewart

I order DVDs so far in avance from Love Film that when they actually arrive I've forgotten all about them. Sometime this is a good surprise, occasionally not.  But we did much enjoy Amelia, the life of Amelia Earhart starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere.  I remembered that Amelia was a pioneer of early flying, the first woman across the Atlantic etc, but fortunately I didn't remember much more, so this film was all the more gripping.  Hilary Swank actually looks rather like Amelia and is well cast.  Do watch it. I'm not giving any links as the less you know in advance the better.


Debs said...

Congratulations to Linda Gillard, she must be delighted to win this award.

Jane Gordon-Cumming said...

Hugely pleased for Linda. Stargazing is a great book - unusual, moving and extremely romantic.

LindyLouMac said...

I am thrilled for LG winning this well deserved award and I hope it means publishers will see her in a different light?

I am drafting a post for my blog at the moment, you are quicker off the mark than me. However surprise Amelia is a film I have actually seen before you for once. Thoroughly enjoyed it and I thought Hilary Swank looked uncannily like Amelia Earhart.

Linda Gillard said...

Thanks, Susie, for mentioning the award. After 3 short-listings for STAR GAZING, it's a very nice feeling to have won something at last!

Linda Gillard said...

Thanks for mentioning the award, Susie. After 3 short-listings for STAR GAZING, it's a nice feeling to have won something at last!