#1947Club – thanks everyone!

And another ‘club’ week is over!

Thank you so much to everybody who participated – we got a really wonderful range of books from all over the world. You can see all the reviews I’ve found here – do let me know if I’ve missed your link. These clubs always show how wonderfully the blogosphere can come together and collaborate, giving an overview of a year that would take many months for any individual reader to achieve.


So, what can we conclude? As usual, there is enormous variety – but what struck me the most was how much the war loomed over everything. That sounds obvious, but I had wondered before if people would prefer to ignore WW2 when it was over – but, while some authors chose comedy or complex plots away from battle, many could not escape it. I’d love to know any conclusions that anybody else drew?

Which is one of the reasons for the next club year that Karen and I have chosen: it will be the 1951 Club. You’ve got til next April to prepare, and don’t worry – we’ll remind you before then!

Why 1951? We wanted to read the 1950s next, and 1951 seems an interesting year in literature AND it will be really intriguing to see if the war is still at the forefront of people’s minds – or had those four extra years made the difference?

Thanks again for joining in, and we hope you can next time too. And a million thanks to Karen for co-hosting so wonderfully (and making me feel very provincial, with the extremely international range she brought to the week!). It’s projects like this that make me love the blogosphere the most – when we all join in together, we can achieve lovely things :)

17 thoughts on “#1947Club – thanks everyone!

  • October 17, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Awww, thanks Simon – it’s been wonderful fun as usual and great to co-host with you! 1951 has some interesting titles – I’ve already earmarked a few and I’m hoping to get started a little further in advance. But hasn’t it been great to see the books everyone came up with – lots of which I’d never heard of. Here’s to 1951!

    • October 18, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      It’s been such fun, again! Can’t wait for the next one :)

  • October 18, 2016 at 4:57 am

    Thanks so much to you and Karen for hosting this! It was a great week and I loved seeing what a range of books people tried. 1951 looks like an excellent book year so I’ll look forward to April!

    • October 18, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      Thanks for participating, Claire! And I’m already excited about 1951 and FINALLY reading Ivy Compton-Burnett for a club.

  • October 18, 2016 at 5:55 am

    I was all set to join in this one, but time ran away with me. I still have the book to read, so will get to it eventually. Now to see if I can get ahead with next years year!

    • October 18, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      Never mind – I’m starting your six months timer for the 1951 club!

  • October 18, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Thanks for hosting this, I’m sorry I haven’t finished Doctor Faustus in good time, but as soon as I began reading it I realised that it’s a book that needs time…
    I’ll try to do better next time!

    • October 18, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      Better to be patient and enjoy it than rush, you’re right :)

  • October 18, 2016 at 9:42 am

    I’ve enjoyed reading everyone’s reviews, especially of books I’ve loved, but I FAILED myself – I’m only just finishing Chatterton Square! Life, running, work, sleep got in the way. If I READ most of it during the week, do I still get to submit my review?

  • October 18, 2016 at 9:59 am

    I wanted 1959.Never mind.

    • October 18, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      Thanks for your positivity as ever.

  • October 18, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Thanks Simon. I’ve just had a look at ’51 and the thing that jumps out at me is Narnia, so the perfect excuse to revisit.

    • October 18, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      Oh yes! How lovely – it’s been years since I read any of the series.

  • October 22, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    I do have at least one unread book on the shelves published in 1951, School for Love by Olivia Manning. I loved The Balkan Trilogy so I’m looking forward to reading more of her work. Thanks again for organizing, I’ll definitely try to participate.

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