Travels with…

So, this week, we’re going slightly off piste. Rather than it being about a book per se it’s going to be about book locations I have visited. I’m sure this may have limited appeal to some but it really won’t take too long so do bear with. It all begins with a journey. This past … Continue reading Travels with…

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1850)

Published in 1850 Hawthorne picks up the historical fiction baton and writes about the Puritans who came to America in the 1600s. The story opens with a description of the outside of a prison. Quite an auspicious beginning. It is revealed that a young woman will be passing through the doors into the public gaze … Continue reading The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1850)

The Last Tycoon, F. Scott Fitzgerald (1940)

From the Gilded Age, of the previous post, to the Golden Age of Hollywood, The Last Tycoon is the final, unfinished novel by the author F Scott Fitzgerald. Published posthumously in 1941, we are told the story of Monroe Stahr, one of the great movie producers of the golden age of cinema, through the eyes … Continue reading The Last Tycoon, F. Scott Fitzgerald (1940)

The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton (1920)

I imagine that when an author sets out to write something they do so to amuse themselves and hope that somewhere along the way someone else might enjoy it as well. Wharton's expectations were perhaps exceeded when this 1920 novel by her won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in 1921. A surprising and somewhat controversial decision, … Continue reading The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton (1920)

Redemption (I’ve finished Crime and Punishment!)

**THERE MAY BE SPOILERS** It's been a while! In the millennia I've been absent I've moved, walked a lot and not read very much. I've also successfully relocated my cat, Edward and unpacked most of the boxes that have filled my life for...well, several months now. Life is more settled now so, hopefully, I can … Continue reading Redemption (I’ve finished Crime and Punishment!)

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)