Here is the first book that I have read from the reprint series from Furrowed Middlebrow. I was approached to review it in ebook form, which does affect my reading of it, and explains why I can only use this image that someone else has supplied. But I really found it an amazing book, so … More A Chelsea Concerto – Francis Favell – A Furrowed Middlebrow book
I was really pleased to get a review copy of this book, another long awaited short story collection by that much undervalued writer of the twentieth century, Dorothy Whipple. If you have ever looked at the Persephone collection of books, which now number 120, you will have heard of the great Dorothy Whipple. They now … More Every Good Deed and Other Stories – Dorothy Whipple – a new Persephone!
This is not my usual type of book; by a Swedish writer and set in America. But it’s about BOOKS! The setting is a fairly small, fairly hopeless town in Iowa. The theme is the power of books to enhance and even change lives, as demonstrated (arguably) by the narrative of the novel. Sara leaves … More The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend – Katarina Bivald
Of all the Golden Age Crime reissues that the British Library have recently brought out, The Secret of High Eldersham must be one of the strangest. I have been reading my way through many of these books, collecting them all, and this one wanders off from the point far more than any of the rest. It … More The Secret of High Eldersham – Miles Burton
The front of this book proclaims it is by the author of “Mrs Miniver”, which will mean different things to different people. The original novel is very much along the lines of “Diary of a Provincial Lady” a brilliantly funny book if your reading tastes run to country life between the wars of the 20th … More Try Anything Twice – Jan Struther, the real Mrs Miniver?
It’s Shiny New Books Day, and I have a review in the Reprints section! It’s for The Captain with the Whiskers, a story of 20th century Ireland. It tells the story of a troubled family in the setting of the lives and loves of a small community, challenged by the forces of a changing world. It sounds … More The Captain with the Whiskers – review in Shiny New Books!
When not ploughing through novels, collecting books or generally sorting out Northernvicar, I like to read history books. Indeed, our dining room benefits from no less than five bookshelves full of them…Some periods of history are better represented than others, especially British 20th century, so those shelves are a bit double banked (whoops). As we … More The Mistresses of Cliveden – Natalie Livingstone- Scandal to Scandal??