Posted in July 2013

Tante by Anne Douglas Sedgwick (1911)

Reading this book made me reflect, again, on how reading a novel is a very different experience when you have been exposed to marketing, and when you haven’t. If I had read this book with a dust jacket the blurb would most likely have told me that this was a story of dangerous woman – … Continue reading

The Island of Sheep by John Buchan (1936)

This is the last of the Richard Hannay novels. The series runs: The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915), Greenmantle (1916), Mr Standfast (1919), The Three Hostages (1924), The Courts of the Morning (1929), The Island of Sheep (1936). Review by David R: The Island of the title is situated somewhere North of Scotland. Probably based on an island … Continue reading

Let the People Sing by J. B. Priestley (1939)

Phew! A positive review for Priestley. Review by Sue R: This book  was commissioned in 1939 by the BBC for serialisation before publication. Priestley did not normally allow this. However, he  felt that, with war looming, such a broadcast would be very valuable for the public, presumably to boost morale. Unsurprisingly, it is a feel-good … Continue reading

Daylight on Saturday by J. B. Priestley (1943)

Last night we got together to hear what our readers thought of the works of J. B. Priestley (1894-1984). It was a lively evening, with the novels and non-fiction read by the group reflecting some of the best and worst of Priestley’s output. Priestley, it was generally agreed, was an uneven writer. He was so … Continue reading

The Three Hostages by John Buchan (1924)

Review by David R: This is the fourth of Buchan’s novels to feature Richard Hannay. The action is set around 1921. After The Great War, Hannay has married Mary Lamington, (Mr. Standfast) and settled into a manor house, where he is quite content to live the life of the country squire. However, one day he … Continue reading