Detective fiction, crime fiction, and Beverley Nichols – what fun!
Rachel has had to take a quick break from the podcast, but I was delighted to have a special guest in the form of Karen, from Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings, who took to it all brilliantly. After an introductory chat with Karen, we talked about Golden Age detective fiction vs modern crime fiction – with my usual lack of research, though Karen is rather better informed.
Karen and I are both besotted with Beverley Nichols, and it seemed like a good opportunity to compare two of his books – Merry Hall and The Sweet and Twenties.
Rachel should be back for our next episode. In the meantime, you can visit our iTunes page – and we’ve also set up a Patreon page. Obviously we are very, very happy for people to keep listening without signing up for Patreon, but if you’d like to help us recover hosting costs etc. and get some ‘rewards’ (from shout-outs to book parcels) then you can check out our page.
In the episode, we talk about a wonderful clip of Beverley Nichols – here it is:
The books and authors we mention are:
Nairn’s Paris by Ian Nairn Leadon Hill by Richmal Crompton Weatherley Parade by Richmal Crompton Narcissa by Richmal Crompton Family Roundabout by Richmal Crompton Frost at Morning by Richmal Crompton The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien One Fine Day by Mollie Panter-Downes Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy The Double by Fyodor Dostoevsky The Eternal Husband by Fyodor Dostoevsky The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Raymond Chandler Sherlock Holmes series by Arthur Conan Doyle
Val McDermid Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie Endless Night by Agatha Christie The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling Martin Beck series by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö Wallander series by Henning Mankell The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
Jo Nesbo The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley The Wychford Poisoning Case by Anthony Berkeley
John Dickson Carr Strong Poison by Dorothy L Sayers Gaudy Night by Dorothy L Sayers The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards Quick Curtain by Alan Melville Death of Anton by Alan Melville The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books by Martin Edwards Murder in the Museum by John Rowland Calamity in Kent by John Rowland Merry Hall by Beverley Nichols The Sweet and Twenties by Beverley Nichols Crazy Pavements by Beverley Nichols Yours Sincerely by Beverley Nichols and Monica Dickens Down the Garden Path by Beverley Nichols Twenty Five by Beverley Nichols A Pin to See the Peepshow by F Tennyson Jesse Messalina of the Suburbs by E.M. Delafield
Oscar Wilde Mrs Tim of the Regiment by D.E. Stevenson
Vita Sackville-West Sunlight on the Lawn by Beverley Nichols Laughter on the Stairs by Beverley Nichols
Molly Keane Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell The ABC of Cats by Beverley Nichols The XYZ of Cats by Beverley Nichols This is Sylvia by Sandy Wilson
L.P. Hartley The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald According to Mark by Penelope Lively
Literary families, and the reveal on our recommendations for each other – we’re back after a seasonal break. We’ve missed you!
In the first half of our 51st episode, we look at families where more than one generation has written, and try to determine whether we tend to prefer the parents or children – thank you Paul and Kirsty for your suggestion. And in the second half we find out whether or not our recommendations worked. We each picked a book we thought the other one would love – how well do we know each other’s tastes? I chose The Boat by L.P. Hartley for Rachel, and she chose Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner for me.
In the next episode we’ll be doing Penelope vs Penelope. All suggestions welcome (if you’ve sent one, it will doubtless happen eventually, once I dig it out from somewhere), and you can see our iTunes page here. If you can work out how to do reviews, via iTunes, they are always much appreciated!
The (enormous number of!) books and authors we mention in this episode are:
Miss Hargreaves by Frank Baker Mr Men series by Roger Hargreaves Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls Bluestockings by Jane Robinson No Surrender by Constance Maud The Real Mrs Miniver by Ysenda Maxtone Graham Mrs Miniver by Jan Struther Terms and Conditions by Ysenda Maxtone Graham The Priory by Dorothy Whipple Money by Martin Amis Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad Faulks on Fiction by Sebastian Faulks
E.M. Delafield The Unlucky Family by Mrs Henry de la Pasture (not The Unhappy Family!) Provincial Daughter by R.M. Dashwood Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier Trilby by George du Maurier Only the Sister by Angela du Maurier
Anthony Trollope Domestic Manners of the Americans by Frances Trollope American Notes by Charles Dickens
Sitwells Corduroy by Adrian Bell Virginia Woolf by Quentin Bell Bloomsbury by Quentin Bell
Angelica Garnett Family Skeletons by Henrietta Garnett Singled Out by Virginia Nicholson
Margaret Forster Ivy Compton-Burnett by Cecily Grieg Appointment in Arezzo by Alan Taylor
Meyer Bloomsbury’s Outsider by Sarah Knights H.G. Wells and His Family by M.M. Meyer Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Alan Bennett Two People by A.A. Milne Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley A Perfect Woman by L.P. Hartley The Betrayal by L.P. Hartley According to Mark by Penelope Lively The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
To celebrate episode 50, we are doing a question and answer episode!
I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas – I’m editing this a few days before Christmas, but I’m going to assume that a wonderful time was had by all. We were really delighted with all the questions that were sent in (thank you!) and have picked 36 of them to discuss in this episode. Tune in in two years’ time for more questions and answers in episode 100!
You can see our iTunes page here, and we always welcome reviews and ratings. We’ll be back in the new year with books we think the other one will love – I chose The Boat by L.P. Hartley for Rachel, and Rachel chose Wallace Stegner’s Crossing To Safety for me.
The books and authors we mention in today’s episode are:
The Railway Journey by Wolfgang Schivelbusch Coral Glynn by Peter Cameron Matilda by Roald Dahl Great Expectations by Charles Dickens I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner
Dorothy Whipple Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier Diary of a Provincial Lady by E.M. Delafield Crazy Pavements by Beverley Nichols
J.B. Priestley (John!) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens The Semi-Detached House by Emily Eden The Warden by Anthony Trollope The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde Emma by Jane Austen Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell Miss Hargreaves by Frank Baker Aunt Mame by Patrick Dennis
Barbara Pym The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch The Sandcastle by Iris Murdoch Howards End is on the Landing by Susan Hill The Shelf by Phyllis Rose The Year of Reading Proust by Phyllis Rose The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux A la recherche du temps perdu by Marcel Proust The Provincial Lady Goes Further by E.M. Delafield The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley Tristan Shandy by Laurence Sterne Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding Humphrey Clinker by Tobias Smollett Pamela by Samuel Richardson Shamela by Henry Fielding Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes Idaho by Emily Ruskovich My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
Marilynne Robinson What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi The Runaway by Claire Wong News of the World by Paulette Jiles Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves by Rachel Malik Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell Gilead by Marilynne Robinson To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Middlemarch by George Eliot
J.K. Rowling Patricia Brent, Spinster by Herbert Jenkins Mr Pim Passes By by A.A. Milne The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester The Gourmet by Muriel Barbery The Boat by L.P. Hartley Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
Wilkie Collins, A.S. Byatt, and the death of the author (sort of) – episode 49 is quite the mixed bag.
nbsp; I found it quite hard to describe the first half of this episode – though hopefully it will become clear! – and probably the best thing to do is to tell you how Karen described it when she sent us the suggestion (thanks Karen!). Here goes: ‘is it legitimate to read a biography to shed light on an author’s work, possibly colouring/enhancing your interpretation, or should the novels be allowed to stand alone as works of art and appreciated for themselves, independent of their creator?’
In the second half, we compare The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins and Possession by A.S. Byatt – Victorian vs neo-Victorian – and I Have Thoughts.
In the next episode, we’ll be doing a Q&A – any questions welcomed; pop them in the comments – and early next year we’ve each chosen a book we really think the other one will love. And we reveal them to each other at the end of this episode…
The books and authors we discussed in this episode are:
Swans on an Autumn River by Sylvia Townsend Warner (as published as A Stranger With A Bag)
‘The Phoenix’ by Sylvia Townsend Warner The Element of Lavishness by Sylvia Townsend Warner and William Maxwell Victoria: a Life by A.N. Wilson Charles Darwin, Victorian Mythmaker by A.N. Wilson The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Virginia Woolf Mrs Woolf and the Servants by Alison Light
Agatha Christie Forever England by Alison Light Daphne du Maurier by Margaret Forster Letters From Menabilly by Daphne du Maurier and Oriel Malet
Beryl Bainbridge Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley
John Clare Opening Night by Ngaio Marsh
Frances Hodgson Burnett Two Middle-Aged Ladies in Andulusia by Penelope Chetwode
John Betjeman The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins Possession by A.S. Byatt Fingersmith by Sarah Waters No Name by Wilkie Collins The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt The Matisse Stories by A.S. Byatt The Garrick Year by Margaret Drabble The Millstone by Margaret Drabble The L-Shaped Room by Lynne Reid Banks The Boat by L.P. Hartley Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
Emily Eden and the openings of books – we muddle our way through episode 48!
First – do send any questions you have for episode 50 to simonthomasoxford[at]gmail.com. We’re quite excited about finding out what you’ll ask – about us, about books, about podcasting. Anything. If it’s a geography question then I for sure won’t know the answer.
In the first half of this episode we look at the beginnings of books, and discuss whether we prefer them happy or sad – and it turned out to be a very difficult topic to nail down. Your thoughts must appreciated! And in the second half, we talk about two very good novels by the Victorian writer Emily Eden.
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The books and authors we mention in this episode are:
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins Men and Wives by Ivy Compton-Burnett The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens Persuasion by Jane Austen Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner The Love Child by Edith Olivier The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett Little Women by Louisa M Alcott The Railway Children by E. Nesbit Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day by Winifred Watson The Making of a Marchioness by Frances Hodgson Burnett Greenery Street by Denis Mackail The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Margaret Atwood Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Nancy Mitford A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole Don Quixote by Cervantes
‘Miss Brill’ by Katherine Mansfield The Semi-Attached Couple by Emily Eden The Semi-Detached House by Emily Eden The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Emma by Jane Austen Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Fanny Burney Portraits of the People and Princes of India by Emily Eden Up the Country by Emily Eden
Sybille Bedford and sequels by the original author vs sequels by a different author… we need to come up with snappier titles for these things.
In episode 47, we start with a topic suggested by Karen via email – sequels, and whether or not we like sequels written by a different author to the original book. In the second half, we look at a novel (a sequel, in fact) by Sybille Bedford alongside some of her travel writing – A Compass Error (a sequel to A Favourite of the Gods) and Pleasures and Landscapes. This is also a contribution to the 1968 Club, because A Compass Error was published in 1968.
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Here are the (many!) books and authors we mention in this episode:
Stephen Leacock Hetty Dorval by Ethel Wilson The Equations of Love by Ethel Wilson Swamp Angel by Ethel Wilson My Remarkable Uncle by Stephen Leacock Stephen Leacock by Margaret MacMillan Letters of Margaret Laurence and Adele Wiseman A Journey Round My Skull by Frigyes Karinthy
Oliver Sacks Coral Glynne by Peter Cameron Thrush Green series by Miss Read The Sense of the Ending by Julian Barnes The Past is Myself by Christine Bielenberg Mrs de Winter by Susan Hill Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee The L-Shaped Room by Lynne Reid Banks The Backward Shadow by Lynne Reid Banks Two is Lonely by Lynne Reid Banks Rebecca’s Tale by Sally Beauman Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier Mrs Darcy’s Dilemma by Diana Birchall Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Sense and Sensibility by Joanna Trollope Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid Old Friends and New Fancies by Sybil Brinton Longbourn by Jo Baker Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean Return to the Hundred Acre Wood by David Benedictus Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery Little Women by Louisa May Alcott Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis Mary Poppins series by P.L. Travers
Guy Fraser-Sampson Mapp and Lucia series by E.F. Benson Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James The Starlight Barking by Dodie Smith The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith The Book of the Green Planet by William Kotzwinkle The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells Jo’s Boys by Louisa May Alcott Little Men by Louisa May Alcott Closing Time by Joseph Heller Catch-22 by Joseph Heller Paradise Regained by John Milton Paradise Lost by John Milton The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling Provincial Lady series by E.M. Delafield Guard Your Daughters by Diana Tutton Unguarded Moments by Diana Tutton The Enchanted August by Brenda Bowen The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim Elizabeth and Her German Garden by Elizabeth von Arnim A Solitary Summer by Elizabeth von Arnim In a Summer Season by Elizabeth Taylor Elizabeth in Rugen by Elizabeth von Arnim A Compass Error by Sybille Bedford A Favourite of the Gods by Sybille Bedford Pleasures and Landscapes by Sybille Bedford Two Middle-Aged Ladies in Andalusia by Penelope Chetwode
John Betjeman The Faces of Justice by Sybille Bedford The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger Jigsaw by Sybille Bedford A Visit to Don Otavio by Sybille Bedford A Legacy by Sybille Bedford The Semi-Attached Couple by Emily Eden The Semi-Detached House by Emily Eden
Elizabeth Strout is our author this episode – and we also dip a toe in the worlds of Canadian and Irish literature. Spoilers: we know a lot less than we should. Suggestions welcomed, please!
I’m off to Canada shortly, which is why we chose the first topic – and nothing much links Canada and Ireland other than the fact that I’ve thought they’d be interesting nations’ literature to talk about. In the second half, we turn to an American writer – a modern one, no less! – Elizabeth Strout. She’s literally still alive, guys. That modern.
Check out our iTunes page – rate/review through iTunes and all that – let us know which you’d pick in each category, and any other topics or authors you think we should cover in future episodes.
Look out for an inelegant bit where I sub in a clip because I got the title of a Stef Penney novel wrong. #Professional.
Here are the books and authors we mention:
Silas Marner by George Eliot Ulysses by James Joyce Paradise Lost by John Milton Middlemarch by George Eliot The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot The Folded Leaf by William Maxwell Jacob’s Room is Full of Books by Susan Hill Howards End is on the Landing by Susan Hill
Agatha Christie Another Part of the Wood by Beryl Bainbridge Sweet William by Beryl Bainbridge Injury Time by Beryl Bainbridge Abigail’s Party by Mike Leigh I Follow But Myself by Frank Baker Miss Hargreaves by Frank Baker
Molly Keane / MJ Farrell Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
Carol Shields The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney Over the Footlights by Stephen Leacock Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery Translations by Brian Friel
George Bernard Shaw The Gingerbread Woman by Jennifer Johnston My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
Anne Tyler Crow Lake by Mary Lawson (who is Canadian!) Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout A Compass Error by Sybille Bedford A Favourite of the Gods by Sybille Bedford Pleasures and Landscapes by Sybille Bedford
A heated conversation about literary prizes AND Vita Sackville-West. Roll up, roll up for episode 45!
In the first half of this fortnight’s episode, we try to determine whether or not literary prizes affect our reading – which wanders off into a broader discussion of what we’re looking for from book prizes. It might get a bit controversial. And in the second half, we’re comparing two novels we love by Vita Sackville-West – The Heir and All Passion Spent.
Do let us know how you’d vote in each half, and rate/review if you would like to. Our iTunes page is over here, and we’ll back in about a fortnight with a couple of novels by Elizabeth Strout.
Here are the books and authors we mention in this episode:
Where Poppies Blow by John Lewis-Stempel The Semi-Attached Couple by Emily Eden The Semi-Detached House by Emily Eden Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Americanah by Chimananda Ngozi Adichie Purple Hibiscus by Chimanada Ngozi Adichie That Thing Around Your Neck by Chimanada Ngozi Adichie Autumn by Ali Smith Swing Time by Zadie Smith 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund Exit West by Mohsin Hamid Elmet by Fiona Mozley Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson
Elizabeth Taylor The Hothouse by the East River by Muriel Spark The Mandelbaum Gate by Muriel Spark Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney
Hilary Mantel The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton Harvest by Jim Crace Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling Lady Into Fox by David Garnett
Siegfried Sassoon Miss Mole by E.H. Young South Riding by Winifred Holtby
L.P. Hartley The Far Cry by Emma Smith
Rose Macaulay Ulysses by James Joyce The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride Eva Trout by Elizabeth Bowen The Heir by Vita Sackville-West All Passion Spent by Vita Sackville-West The Edwardians by Vita Sackville-West Orlando by Virginia Woolf No Signposts in the Sea by Vita Sackville-West The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett Greengates by R.C. Sherriff Samson Agonistes by John Milton Knole and the Sackvilles by Vita Sackville-West The Easter Party by Vita Sackville-West Grand Canyon by Vita Sackville-West Dragon in Shallow Waters by Vita Sackville-West Heritage by Vita Sackville-West My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
After a bit of a hiatus, we’re back with an episode about Marghanita Laski and whether we read one book at a time or many books at once. And because that’s a bit of a mouthful, I’m calling it monogamous vs polygamous. Sorry if you’ve come to this podcast hoping for something else – but stay! We have books.
We’ve really missed doing the podcast, so it’s great to be back! Do get in touch to let us know which you’d pick in each category, and any topics you’d like us to cover in future episodes. Our iTunes page is here, and we love reviews from those willing to go through the hoops required to leave them!
Here are the books and authors we mention in this episode (fewer than usual, which either means I forgot to write them down while editing the podcast, or we’ve lost our touch!):
Reading the Rocks by Brenda Maddox Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley Contested Will by James Shapiro The Village by Marghanita Laski The Osbornes by E.F. Benson Middlemarch by George Eliot
Henry James The Road to Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell Three Fevers by Leo Walmsley The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot The Boat by L.P. Hartley Marching With April by Hugh Charteris And Even Now by Max Beerbohm Secrets of a Woman’s Heart: Later Life of Ivy Compton-Burnett by Hilary Spurling The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books by Martin Edwards Vanity Fair by W.M. Thackeray To Bed With Grand Music by Marghanita Laski The Village by Marghanita Laski The Provincial Lady in Wartime by E.M. Delafield Put Out More Flags by Evelyn Waugh The Victorian Chaise-Longue by Marghanita Laski Little Boy Lost by Marghanita Laski Love on the Supertax by Marghanita Laski
Richmal Crompton One Fine Day by Mollie Panter-Downes
Dorothy Whipple Mrs Miniver by Jan Struther The Heir by Vita Sackville-West All Passion Spent by Vita Sackville-West
We’re popping in between holidays to record an episode about clergymen and scientists in novels – doubtless missing plenty of them, but thank you for everyone who tweeted in with your suggestions. We’d love to hear more!
In the second half, we discuss Helen Thomas’s memoir As It Was (1926) and H.E. Bates’ novel Fair Stood the Wind for France (1944) – which turn out to have more in common than we feared (and less than we initially thought). It’s quite the rollercoaster, guys.
Do check out our iTunes page, and you should be able to rate and review through iTunes apps and maybe podcast apps and one day I’ll work out how this happens. Below are the books and authors we mention in this episode:
Poldark series by Winston Graham The Brother Gardeners by Andrea Wulf The Lost Garden by Helen Humphreys The Chateau by William Maxwell The Boat by L.P. Hartley The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley A Perfect Woman by L.P. Hartley Instead of a Letter by Diana Athill The Warden by Anthony Trollope Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope Emma by Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen Mansfield Park by Jane Austen Gilead by Marilynne Robinson As For Me and My House by Sinclair Ross The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver Diary of a Provincial Lady by E.M. Delafield Frost at Morning by Richmal Crompton The Rector’s Daughter by F.M. Mayor The Vicar’s Daughter by E.H. Young The Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte Under the Rainbow by Susan Scarlett Clothes-pegs by Susan Scarlett A Room With a View by E.M. Forster Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey Tess of the D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy The Pastor’s Wife by Elizabeth von Arnim Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier To The River by Olivia Laing Appius and Virginia by G.E. Trevelyan Hackenfeller’s Ape by Brigid Brophy Dangerous Ages by Rose Macaulay
Oliver Sacks Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell The Morning Gift by Eva Ibbotson Middlemarch by George Eliot The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby The Island of Dr Moreau by H.G. Wells The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
Margaret Atwood Famous Five series by Enid Blyton As It Was by Helen Thomas Fair Stood The Wind for France by H.E. Bates
Edward Thomas World Without End by Helen Thomas The Darling Buds of May by H.E. Bates Love for Lydia by H.E. Bates Under Storm’s Wing by Helen Thomas To Bed With Grand Music by Marghanita Laski The Village by Marghanita Laski