This Angela Thirkell book is the last of the pre Second World War novels published by this author as it came out in 1939. Reprinted by Virago Modern Classics in 2016, it is therefore available to all interested in the Barsetshire series of books, but this volume stands alone as a picture of a fairly … More Before Lunch by Angela Thirkell, A Barsetshire classic
This is a great book, a family favourite, and if only the ending section could be longer. If you have not yet read ‘The Nine Tailors’ you should, as quickly as possible. It has a suspicious death, mistaken identity, fascinating characters with super backstories, and bell ringing. So much bell ringing, it is a classic … More The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers
Monica Dickens is a popular author for those who enjoy mid twentieth century British Women writers, especially as many of her books were autobiographical. It is no wonder then, that Mariana was the second book published by Persephone, and reprinted in their “Classics” series. The date of original publication, 1940, may suggest war time novels, … More Mariana by Monica Dickens
This offering from Dean Street Press, sent to me for review, is essentially a very different Golden Age Detective Story. In the excellent introduction, Curtis Evans reveals that Drax wanted to write a ‘credible’ story, having decided that the existing detective novels did not stand up to close inspection. I believe he did a magnificent … More High Seas Murder by Peter Drax
If you follow Furrowed Middlebrow, you will have seen lots of details about the books brought out by Dean Street Press; brilliant reprints of books from the mid twentieth century that reflect so many things. My favourite is undoubtedly Bewildering Cares by Winifred Peck, a superb fictional tale of a Vicar’s wife in the Second World War. … More Furrowed Middlebrow – link to lists
I was so looking forward to this volume in the British Library Crime Classic series. Cambridge, mystery and a 1930s setting; collectively very tempting. A woman writer as well? It sounded so good, yet I am lukewarm about this novel. I liked the characters, the Cambridge setting was good, and there were some deliciously funny … More The Incredible Crime – A Cambridge Mystery by Lois Austen-Leigh
How do you review a book that has been around for so long, been staged and on tv? I have recently reread this book for another project, and been overwhelmed by just how good it is, and how reluctant I was to finish it. My previous comments on it revolve largely around how long it … More Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel ….Again!