Here is something completely different! A few months ago I gave a lecture on the Reformation in Fiction – one in a series of talks on the Reformation in England. I was then asked to summarise it for a magazine article, which meant that it … More The Reformation in Fiction – a list of books with comments!
This is a fictional account, written by historian Alison Weir, of the life of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII. I found it a curiously distant book, which was no doubt well researched but did not show as much understanding as is usual in an historical novel. This may have been the result of … More Anne Boleyn – A King’s Obsession – Six Tudor Queens by Alison Weir
It is a great tragedy that owing to her early death, Elizabeth Gill only published three novels, of which this is the middle one, set like the first in France. When sent a copy to review by Dean Street Press, for which many thanks, I knew nothing of this careful but convoluted novel. I was … More What Dread Hand? by Elizabeth Gill
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
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
This book is a non fiction book largely set outside the UK, so not usually my sort of book for light reading. It is in some ways the book behind “My Family and Other Animals” by Gerald Durrell, in that it is the family history of a group of people that ranges from India to … More The Durrells of Corfu by Michael Haag