Before Lunch by Angela Thirkell, A Barsetshire classic

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

Pomfret Towers by Angela Thirkell and a few words on the new Lucy Worsley

If the large number of Angela Thirkell novels now in paperback (not enough, Virago!) are a bit confusing, this early book may appeal. It is not the first in the series, but stands alone well (as most of the books do, really) and while it introduces and mentions characters that have a lot of involvement … More Pomfret Towers by Angela Thirkell and a few words on the new Lucy Worsley

The White Cottage Mystery by Margery Allingham

This book is the first story produced by Allingham featuring a detective, W.T. Challoner. It was actually compiled from a series which first appeared in the Daily Express in 1927. This is therefore not Allingham’s famous “sort of a detective”, Campion, but an older man, whose vast understanding of human nature means he can solve … More The White Cottage Mystery by Margery Allingham