Women Who Seek (1928) by Denise Robins

Book review by George S. This month at the Popular Fiction reading group we have been exploring the steamy world of Romance, by looking at early Mills and Boon novels. I read a book by one of the publishing house’s most successful writers – Denise Robins. Women Who Seek is an odd title for this … Continue reading

WAAF into Wife (1943) by Barbara Stanton

Book Review by Chris Hopkins. I was very pleased to discover this Mills & Boon novel about five years ago when I first started to explore fiction about British Servicewomen in the Second World War. I have just finished it for the second time and have to confess that I enjoyed it at both readings. … Continue reading

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