Miss Marjoribanks (1866), Margaret Oliphant

We meet Miss Marjoribanks at two periods of her life with an intermission of 10 years. In the first part of the book we arrive at the point her mother dies and she sets about making it her aim in life to be a comfort to her dear papa. A time limit of 10 years … Continue reading Miss Marjoribanks (1866), Margaret Oliphant

Intermission: The Conversation

As a child, and frequent cinema visitor, it was some years into my movie going career before I encountered an intermission. This must have been sometime around the late 70s into the early 80s. I'm trying to recall the movie - I think it must have been an older one that was doing the rounds. … Continue reading Intermission: The Conversation

Author: Margaret Oliphant (1828-1897)

I was musing in my previous post about Margaret Oliphant's lack of visibility on the Victorian Author's Stage. We are so well versed in the stories of those female authors who died young, unwed and childless (an intentional sweeping generalisation) that there seems to be little room left for those authors who have the temerity … Continue reading Author: Margaret Oliphant (1828-1897)

Miss Marjoribanks, by ME Oliphant (1866). Part I

You know that squidgy stuff you squirt into wall cavities and it grows and grows and grows, filling the hole? Yeah, you know what I mean? I know, let's call it expanding foam....well, I think I've found the book equivalent. As part of the Classic 50 challenge I scoured online shops, poached ideas from other … Continue reading Miss Marjoribanks, by ME Oliphant (1866). Part I

Chess aka The Royal Game (Schachnovelle), by Stefan Zweig (1942)

Towards the end of A Clockwork Orange there is the memorable scene in which Alex is subjected to Aversion Therapy. He is injected with nausea-inducing drugs, his eyes are pinned open and he is forced to watch images of sex and violence, all the while listening to Beethoven. Without dwelling on The Current Situation too … Continue reading Chess aka The Royal Game (Schachnovelle), by Stefan Zweig (1942)

The Duke and I – #1 in the Bridgerton Series, by Julia Quinn (2000)

It's perhaps no secret that I like Regency stuff. It won't be a surprise to hear that I like period dramas on TV and film. So combine the two - a Regency Period Drama then it's pretty much guaranteed that I'm going to watch it. So, Bridgerton on Netflix. What's not to like? There's the … Continue reading The Duke and I – #1 in the Bridgerton Series, by Julia Quinn (2000)

A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

Written in 1859 this work of historical fiction recounts events of the French Revolution in the last quarter of the 18th Century. However, it is also reflective of the great social change sweeping through Europe in the 19th Century and, in some ways, should have been a cautionary tale for those nations whose monarchs were … Continue reading A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

Christmas Reading Challenge

So, how did I do? Well, I managed a fairly respectable 14 and three quarters. Only let down at the last minute by embarking on a book that was deceptively chunky. However, I imagine I'll finish it by the weekend. I really enjoyed this challenge and I'm already on the lookout for books, suitably themed, … Continue reading Christmas Reading Challenge