Jim Redlake (1930) by Frances Brett Young

Book Review by George S: Jim Redlake is a long novel (787 pages), telling the story of a young man’s journey to adulthood. Jim is the child of a fractured marriage; his father is a dreadful novelist who is unfaithful to his wife and wants to let his new woman take charge of Jim. Jim’s … Continue reading

The Rock Pool (1934) by Cyril Connolly

Book review by George S: It’s LGBT month at the popular fiction project, which I’ve taken as an excuse to open a book that has been on my shelves for a long time, but which I’ve never got round to reading. Not that Cyril Connolly’s The Rock Pool is popular reading. It never had a … Continue reading

Maurice (1913-14) by E.M. Forster

Review by Mary Grover: One of my favourite novels is Howard’s End, Forster’s Condition-of-England novel published in 1910. I picked up Maurice, its first draft completed four years later than Howard’s End, expecting it to be entirely different. I expected its focus to be single-mindedly on the painful reality of being homosexual in Edwardian England … Continue reading

Uncommon Danger (1937) by Eric Ambler

Book Review by George S: Kenton is a journalist taking a train from Berlin to Vienna. Sachs, a rather dubious stranger, persuades him to carry some documents through customs. When he goes to deliver them to the man’s hotel in Vienna, he finds him murdered. This beginning, which reminded me of John Buchan’s The Thirty-Nine … Continue reading

Journey into Fear (1940) – Eric Ambler

Book review by Jane V: I enjoyed reading this book, despite my preconceived notions of not liking spy novels! The situation is this: The tale is set in 1940, during the period known as ‘the phoney war’, before WW2 had got seriously into gear. The story begins in Istanbul where our malgre-lui hero is found … Continue reading

The Bungalow Mystery (1923) by Annie Haynes

Book Review by Sylvia D: Haynes was born in Leicestershire in 1865. By 1908 she was living in London with the daughter of an eminent orthopaedic surgeon who introduced her to literary and feminist circles, the members of whom gave Haynes their support. She wrote newspaper serial novels followed by 12 mysteries published between 1923 … Continue reading

Grey Mask (1929) by Patricia Wentworth

Book Review by George S: Charles Moray comes back from four years abroad, and is surprised to find that his empty house is being used as the meeting-place of a criminal gang, led by a terrifying man in a grey mask. He is even more concerned to find that his ex-fiancée, Margaret, seems to be … Continue reading