Dear Reading 1900-1950 readers, Great news from Reading Sheffield: We have reached our fundraising target of £12,500 to support the publication of Mary Grover’s new book, Steel City Readers. Based on the memories of our Sheffield interviewees, Steel City Readers is about reading for pleasure in Sheffield between 1925 and 1955. The money we have … Continue reading
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Apologies – Missing Events links!
Dear All, I realise that the links to New Year book events did not get though on the email version of yesterday’s post! They are though all live on this page on the site itself: https://reading19001950.wordpress.com/2022/12/31/events-in-the-new-year-about-books-readers-and-reading/ Happy New Reading Year! Chris.
Events in the New Year about Books, Readers and Reading!
Dear Reading 1900-1950 Followers, I know that many of you are based outside the UK or not close to Sheffield, but equally I know others are based within travelling distance, so I thought I’d post this information about talks relating to Reading 1900-1950 areas of interest in and around Sheffield in the New Year. Most … Continue reading
What Did It Mean? (1954) by Angela Thirkell
Book review by Hilary Temple. The twenty-third title in the Barsetshire series, this novel requires Thirkell to start with some recapitulation. The first sentence contains a reference to Queen Elizabeth II who by this date has been on the throne for two years, enabling the author to describe the effects of the coronation in June … Continue reading
Coronation Summer (1937) by Angela Thirkell
Book review by Hilary Temple. In this summer of celebrating the 70th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II it is interesting to read a celebration, quite untypical of her other work, by Angela Thirkell of the crowning of Queen Victoria but ingeniously published in the year of the coronation of King George VI. … Continue reading
Adventures of Bindle (1919) by Herbert Jenkins
Book review by Hilary Temple I had never come across Herbert Jenkins before I found this book on the shelves of my parents-in-law, who otherwise showed a marked predilection for Dornford Yates. The first edition proudly claims to have printed 40,000 copies, which sounds a very respectable number and followed the previous success of Bindle. … Continue reading
The Tenth Anniversary of Reading 1900-1950
Dear Reading 1900-1950 Blog followers, On the 19th July we are celebrating ten years of reading mainly popular fiction from the first half of the twentieth century by launching a book of reviews showcasing the work of the group. The reviews have mainly been specially written by current members of the reading group, though we … Continue reading
Steel City Readers: Reading for Pleasure in Sheffield 1925-1955 – a crowdfunding mission
Dear Reading 1900-1950 followers and contributors, This blog has now been running for a decade – since Erica Brown posted the first book review in July 2012. I will in July be posting a blog about what we are doing to celebrate a decade of reading and reviewing. However, our sister organisation Reading Sheffield is … Continue reading
Northbridge Rectory (1941) by Angela Thirkell
Book review by Hilary Temple At this stage in Angela Thirkell’s Barsetshire saga we are in the second year of WWII. To emphasise this, the ten-bedroomed Rectory of the title is being lived in not only by the recently-arrived Rector and his wife, Gregory and Verena Villars, but by half a dozen of the Barsetshire … Continue reading
The Plebeian’s Progress, (1933) by Frank Tilsley
Book review by Chris Hopkins. This is a novel about the representative (though as we shall see not all reviewers were convinced about that) lives of Allen and Jane Barclay, starting in Manchester before the First World War, but then mainly set in the twenties and thirties. They both come from very poor circumstances, but … Continue reading