Posted in March 2013


Reading 1900-1950 is off for its Easter Holidays. Hopefully my Easter reading – Galsworthy’s Forsyte Saga – will help me recover from the disturbing excesses of Ethel M. Dell! Back on the 8th April.

Mothers and Children by Frank Danby (1918)

Continuing our reading of novels by the Frankau family, this is the first review of a novel by Frank Danby, the pseudonym of Julia Frankau (1859-1916). Julia can be considered the beginning of this literary family: she was a successful novelist, who also wrote scholarly books about eighteenth-century engraving, and had a circle of artistic friends … Continue reading

The Lovely Ship by Storm Jameson (1927)

This novel is part of a trilogy about Yorkshire shipbuilders: The Lovely Ship (1927), The Voyage Home (1930) and A Richer Dust (1931). It was reprinted in the 1970s, and is now available as an e-book. Review by Helen N: Storm Jameson was a prolific writer and this is an early novel which has some … Continue reading

Angel by Elizabeth Taylor (1957)

A little outside our collection years, this one, but such a good novel. I’m sure many of you will have read it, but for those who haven’t I hope this review from a member of our reading group will encourage you to try it. The novel is partly based on the Victorian writer Marie Corelli … Continue reading

The Bridge by Pamela Frankau (1957)

Review by Kath R: I chose this novel from the pile because it had a photograph of Pamela Frankau on the back looking very intently at the camera smoking a cigarette and looking very much the professional writer. I immediately regretted my choice when I found out from the flyleaf that  it would be about religion … Continue reading

The Dangerous Years by Gilbert Frankau (1937)

Review by Daniel Grieve: Written by Gilbert Frankau in his later years, The Dangerous Years is a novel split into three sections, Pre-War, Post-War and Present Day, beginning two years before WWI (1912) and ending two years before WWII (1937). With a title such as The Dangerous Years I was expecting good deal of action … Continue reading

Some New Planet by Pamela Frankau (1937)

Review by John S: This is the story of Hugh Shell, on his own admission a rather boring young chap, and his relationships with three people: his worldly and successful brother Bertrand who works for the Foreign Office, a writer called Mark Orburn (who is in fact a woman) with whom he conducts a lengthy … Continue reading

The Foolish Apprentices by Pamela Frankau (1933)

Review by Sylvia D: Pamela Frankau, the younger daughter of Dorothea and Gilbert Frankau, published over thirty novels and books of short stories.  Her most successful novel, The Willow Cabin, was published in 1949 and her A Wreath for the Enemy (1954) is still in print on both sides of the Atlantic. The Foolish Apprentices … Continue reading