Another post, another Barsetshire Chronicle from Angela Thirkell. In the face of many wonderful books to read, and new authors to discover, her restful yet insightful characters have drawn me back again. Yet, I think that this book would be a good starting point for anyone curious about her books which describe mid twentieth century … More The Headmistress by Angela Thirkell
When I got to Cambridge recently I made a beeline for Heffers, now part of the Blackwells group, and had a good look at the fiction section for unexpected treasures. In fact I was so long in the bookshop Northernvicar got round quite a few college chapels… It was worth it if only for this … More Old Friends and New Fancies – the original sequel to Pride and Prejudice by Sybil Brinton
Many years ago I removed a set of books from a classroom in a village school. It concerned a pretty little girl whose entire life was contained in her pretty little cottage with her only friends being those who delivered things to her house, just because she used a wheelchair. Even in the last century … More How to be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis
I have finished another volume in my Folio Sayers set! It’s still only January… I have also been away for a few days, apparently on holiday but really on a book buying tour. Heffers in Cambridge was raided for crime once more! I actually picked up two Dean Street Press crime books to feed my … More Have His Carcase by Dorothy L Sayers
After reading the wonderful Bewildering Cares and Arrest the Bishop I was hoping for great things from Persephone’s reprint of House – Bound. I was not disappointed on my re read of this 1940s book. It is a book of the wartime home front in Edinburgh, where one of the main concerns is an actual … More House – Bound by Winifred Peck. A Persephone Classic
In short, a Thirkell to savour where she develops and shows her mastery of her characters. After much waiting, this is another reprint of an Angela Thirkell wartime novel set in the fictional Barsetshire. This means that it is easy to get hold of this Thirkell classic which builds on her familiar themes and … More Marling Hall by Angela Thirkell – A Character Classic
I received this book for review from Persephone and was excited to start on it. If I am honest, I was disappointed. Possibly I have lost my taste for books without a murder or dramatic action, possibly I was missing something that everyone else appreciated. Either way, I really struggled to get to the end, … More Madame Solario by Gladys Huntingdon from Persephone.