Books: Spoken word
Saturday 01 August 1998
Those who want to get at the cake under the icing will prefer the unabridged Grasmere Journals (Cover to Cover, c 8hrs, pounds 21.99). Dorothy, more soft and countrified in Emma Fielding's reading, is far less brilliant, too prone to harp on about pies and mending. But she is also more human and more mysterious, often touchingly vulnerable, and we get a richer picture of the balance between humble work and intellectual exercise that was the essence of their lives. The relevant poems appear as an add-on at the end.
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