The 1938 Club: welcome!

The 1938 ClubIt’s here! Since Karen and I decided to give as much notice as possible this time, it feels like I’ve been waiting for ages to announce the beginning of The 1938 Club, so it’s lovely that it’s going to kick off now. (The post introducing The 1938 Club got a great response, thanks!)

What is the 1938 Club?

In case you’ve missed it, there is one simple challenge: read anything published in 1938 and write about it. The book can be published anywhere in the world, in any language, and in any format. I’m hoping we get novels, short stories, plays, poems, and non-fiction of all sorts. Between us, we’ll get an overview of the literary scene

Why 1938?

The first time around, we chose 1924 more or less at random – and the same mostly applies here. Ali was the one to suggest 1938; being on the cusp of war will be a fascinating time for the world, some looking forwards, some looking backwards. In six months’ time, we’ll do another year, yet to be decided but probably in the 1940s.

Where shall I put my reviews?

If you’ve got a blog, put your review(s) there sometime this week and let us know, either in the comments here or over at Karen’s. We’re using the hashtag #1938Club on Twitter, Instagram, etc., so feel free to jump on that – and if you direct us to reviews made on social media, we can certainly link to them too. I’ll use this page for all links.

As with last time, I’ll also be collecting older 1938 reviews. I won’t be actively hunting for these, but please do let me know links of any older reviews you have to 1938 books on your blog.

Enjoy!

Reviews this week:

Margery Allingham – The Fashion in Shrouds
Harriet Devine
Triciareads55 on LibraryThing

Eric Ambler – Cause for Alarm
Annabel’s House of Books

Eric Ambler – Epitaph for a Spy
Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings
Triciareads55 on LibraryThing

Enid Bagnold – The Squire
Harriet Devine
HeavenAli
Hogglestock

Dorothy Baker – Young Man With a Horn
Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings
Me at Vulpes Libris
Pechorin’s Journal

E.C. Bentley – Trent Intervenes
Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings

Elizabeth Bowen – The Death of the Heart
Harriet Devine
JacquiWine’s Journal

Marjorie Bowen – God and the Wedding Dress
She Reads Novels

Helen Dore Boylston – Sue Barton, Visiting Nurse
TBR 313

John W. Campbell – Who Goes There?
Other Formats Are Available

Joanna Cannan – Princes in the Land
Madame Bibliophile Recommends

Agatha Christie – Appointment With Death
The Book Jotter

Agatha Christie – Hercule Poirot’s Christmas
The Book Satchel

Arthur C Clarke – ‘How We Went To Mars’
Jackie at Vulpes Libris

Cyril Connolly – Enemies of Promise
Hilary at Vulpes Libris
Stuck in a Book

Lettice Cooper – National Provincial
Books and Chocolate

Freeman Wills Crofts – Antidote to Venom
Desperate Reader

Richmal Crompton – Journeying Wave
Adventures in Reading, Writing, and Working From Home
RichmalCromptonReader
Stuck in a Book

Carter Dickson – The Judas Window
Crossexamining Crime

Daphne du Maurier – Rebecca
Simon at Stuck in a Book
What Me Read

Lawrence Durrell – The Black Book
Briefer than Literal Statement

John Fante – Wait Until Spring, Bandini
Intermittencies of the Mind

Stella Gibbons – Nightingale Wood
Cate Butler on Instagram
Our Vicar’s Wife

Eleanor Graham – The Children Who Lived in a Barn
Bookmusings on Instagram

Julien Gracq – Chateau d’Argol
1st Reading

Eleanor Graham – The Children Who Lived in a Barn
Stuck in a Book

Georgette Heyer – A Blunt Instrument
Desperate Reader

Margaret Kennedy – The Midas Touch
Beyond Eden Rock

Eric Knight – Lassie Come Home
Jackie at Vulpes Libris

Munro Leaf – Wee Gillis
Semicolon

Ngaio Marsh – Death in a White Tie
Random Jottings

Kate O’Brien – Pray for the Wanderer
Beyond Eden Rock

George Orwell – Homage to Catalonia
Lady Fancifull
Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings
Other Formats Are Available

E.J. Oxenham – The Abbey Girls Play Up
Corvus Cornix

Jean Lucey Pratt – A Notable Woman (1938 entries)
Desperate Reader

Graciliano Ramos – Barren Lives
Somewhere Boy

Harriet Rutland – Knock, Murderer, Knock!
I Prefer Reading

Jean-Paul Sartre – Nausea
Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings

Delmore Schwartz – ‘In Dreams Begin Responsibilities’
Literasaurus

Dr Seuss – The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
Intermittencies of the Mind

Nevil Shute – Ruined City
I Prefer Reading

George Simenon – The Man Who Watched Trains Go By
Lizzy’s Literary Life

Howard Spring – My Son, My Son
Starbox

John Steinbeck – The Long Valley
The Nobby Life

John Steinbeck – The Chrysanthemums
Other Formats Are Available

D.E. Stevenson – The Baker’s Son
Books and Chocolate

Kressman Taylor – Address Unknown
Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings

Angela Thirkell – Pomfret Towers
Beth Bonini on Instagram
Hard Book Habit
The Sleepless Reader

Sylvia Townsend Warner – After the Death of Don Juan
Corvus Cornix

Winifred Watson – Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day
Bag Full of Books and on Instagram
Cate Butler on Instagram
JacquiWine’s Journal
Madame Bibliophile Recommends
Other Formats Are Available

Evelyn Waugh – Scoop
Eveyln Waugh Society
Kate Macdonald

T.H. White – The Sword in the Stone
Shoshi’s Book Blog

Thornton Wilder – Our Town
The Emerald City Book Review

P.G. Wodehouse – The Code of the Woosters
Cate Butler on Instagram
Other Formats Are Available
Triciareads55 on LibraryThing

Virginia Woolf – Diary
Stuck in a Book

Virginia Woolf – Three Guineas
Somewhere Boy

 

Older reviews:

Enid Bagnold – The Squire
I Prefer Reading
What Me Read

Dorothy Baker – Young Man With A Horn
JacquiWine’s Journal

Samuel Beckett – Murphy
Pechorin’s Journal

Enid Blyton – The Secret Island
Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings

Elizabeth Bowen – The Death of the Heart
Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings

Joanna Cannan – Princes in the Land
She Reads Novels
Stuck in a Book
The Captive Reader

John W. Campbell, Jnr. – Who Goes There?
Pechorin’s Journal

Agatha Christie – Appointment With Death
Books Please

Agatha Christie – Hercule Poirot’s Christmas
Books Please
My Reader’s Block

John Dickson Carr – The Crooked Hinge
Crossexamining Crime

Freeman Wills Crofts – Antidote to Venom
Crossexamining Crime
What Me Read

Daphne du Maurier – Rebecca
Books Please
Lady Fancifull
My Reader’s Block

Elizabeth Enright – Thimble Summer
Hope is the Word

A.A. Fair – The Bigger They Come
My Reader’s Block

John Fante – Wait Until Spring, Bandini
Pechorin’s Journal

Stella Gibbons – Nightingale Wood
Bag Full of Books
HeavenAli
What Me Read

Anna Gmeyere – Manja
Beyond Eden Rock
The Captive Reader

Eleanor Graham – The Children Who Lived in a Barn
Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings

Gwethalyn Graham – Swiss Sonata
The Captive Reader

Graham Greene – Brighton Rock
Lady Fancifull
My Reader’s Block

Georgette Heyer – A Blunt Instrument
My Reader’s Block

Georgette Heyer – Royal Escape
I Prefer Reading

Gerald Kersch – Night and the City
Pechorin’s Journal

Irmgard Keun – Child of All Nations
Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings

C.S. Lewis – Out of the Silent Planet
My Reader’s Block

Constance and Gwenyth Little – The Black-Headed Pins
Crossexamining Crime
My Reader’s Block

Ngaio Marsh – Artists in Crime
Kate Macdonald

Ruth McKenney – My Sister Eileen
Stuck in a Book

George Orwell – Homage to Catalonia
I Prefer Reading
Stuck in a Book

E.R. Punshon – Comes a Stranger
Crossexamining Crime

John Rowland – Murder in the Museum
Crossexamining Crime

Harriet Rutland – Knock, Murderer, Knock!
Crossexamining Crime

Nevil Shute – Ruined City
The Captive Reader

Dodie Smith – Dear Octopus
Stuck in a Book
The Captive Reader

Rex Stout – Some Buried Caesar
My Reader’s Block

Rex Stout – Too Many Cooks
Crossexamining Crime

Jan Struther – Try Anything Twice
Stuck in a Book

Kressman Taylor – Address Unknown
Pechorin’s Journal

Angela Thirkell – Pomfret Towers
The Captive Reader

Arthur W. Upfield – The Bone is Pointed
My Reader’s Block

Winifred Watson – Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day
HeavenAli
Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings
Lady Fancifull
Semicolon
She Reads Novels
The Captive Reader
What Me Read

Evelyn Waugh – Scoop
I Prefer Reading
Semicolon
Stuck in a Book

T.H. White – The Sword in the Stone
Stray Thoughts

P.G. Wodehouse – The Code of the Woosters
I Prefer Reading

Dornford Yates
This Publican

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