New Walter Greenwood Site

Dear Reading 1900-1950 colleagues, Having posted my review of Greenwood’s memoir There Was a Time (1967) – and thus broken every rule about this blog’s parameters, I realised that perhaps what I should do is to start a new and more specialised Walter Greenwood blog / web-site. This I have now done. I will still (OF … Continue reading

Love Among the Ruins (1948) by Angela Thirkell

Book Review by George S: Love Among the Ruins is a depiction of upper-class and upper-middle class families in rural England a couple of years after the second world war (or as Angela Thirkell puts it, ‘the War to end War for the Second Time.’) Thirkell sympathetically shows us English people: ‘who had taken six … Continue reading

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1926) by Anita Loos

Book Review by Chris Hopkins. I had to read Gentlemen Prefer Blondes because I started reading what I suspected was a parody of it, but couldn’t be sure because I had never read the original. So, I’m going to review Gentlemen Prefer Blondes now so that I can in due course review ‘Tackline’ ‘s  (much … Continue reading

Skylighters (1934) by J.B. Morton

Book review by George S: Skylighters is a light comedy about a trio of swindlers who reckon they can make money by starting a new religion. It is by J.B. Morton, who had in 1919 published The Barber of Putney, one of the better early novels about the Great War. By 1934 he was already … Continue reading

The Amazing Summer (1941) by Philip Gibbs

Review by Sylvia D: Philip Gibbs’ The Amazing Summer (1941) is a good example of his journalistic novel-writing, set as it is against a backdrop of the hot and sunny summer of 1940, the Battle of Britain and the early months of the Blitz. It has resonances with Elizabeth Goudge’s The Castle on the Hill … Continue reading

The Winding Lane (1931) by Philip Gibbs

Book Review by George S: Philip Gibbs’s books have been described as ‘newsreel novels’. Typically they take a topic from the headlines and build a story round it. Often this was done at high speed – one of the best, Young Anarchy, about the General Strike, appeared in September, 1926, just a few months after … Continue reading