Drum roll, please! After the success of The 1924 Club (we were so delighted with the response and support!) Karen and I vowed to make various clubs a bi-annual event, in April and October each year for as long as we are inspired to hold it. We’ll probably dart around with different years at different times, but Ali’s suggestion of 1938 sounded great. On the cusp of war, it is a fascinating time for literature all across the world… we think! We need your help to find out.
For those who missed The 1924 Club, what happens is simple: we ask bloggers and blog readers to read a book published in 1938, and to write about it during one week. We welcome novels, stories, non-fiction, poetry, absolutely anything from anywhere in the world – and together we can build up a much broader sense of the year than could be achieved by an individual reader. There won’t be a single ethos for 1938, of course, but there will hopefully be a fantastic cross-section.
This time we’re giving more warning! You’ve got a couple of months to dig out 1938 books to join in: The 1938 Club will kick off on 11th April 2016 for a week.
We particularly love it when people find unusual or quirky choices, especially if they turn into fantastic recommendations, but if you need somewhere to start then the Wikipedia page for 1938 in literature should help! If you fancy going for a famous book, Rebecca and Brighton Rock fit the bill. I know I’ve got a Richmal Crompton and a Dorothy Baker looking at me, and have been meaning to read Cyril Connolly’s Enemies of Promise for a long time, but have yet to finalise what I’ll be reading…
Do borrow the badge and spread the word, or let us know what you’re thinking of reading – or just if you’re hoping to join in at all! We’re already excited, and hope you are too.