Tagged with Arnold Bennett

Whom God Hath Joined by Arnold Bennett (1906)

Review by Sylvia D: Whom God Hath Joined is one of Arnold Bennett’s Five Towns novels.  It is a powerful read with a strong social message.  It is also a novel that could not have been written today. Lawrence Ridware is a legal clerk in a small solicitor’s practice in Hanbridge (Hanley).  He and his … Continue reading

The Vanguard: A Fantasia by Arnold Bennett (1927)

Review by George Simmers: The Vanguard is one of Arnold Bennett’s lighter novels, a story of the (mostly good-humoured)  rivalry between two very rich men. Septimius Sutherland, a financier visiting Naples, is tricked into boarding a luxury yacht, which then sets sail, effectively kidnapping him. The owner is an even  richer man, Lord Furber, who for unclear … Continue reading

Riceyman Steps by Arnold Bennett (1923)

Review by Helen N: I found the book very easy to read. Bennett’s style is straightforward and he paints a vivid picture of the Clerkenwell area of London just after the First World War. There is a small cast of people: Henry Earlforward, a reclusive and miserly bookseller and Mrs. Violet Arb, a widow,  meet … Continue reading

Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett (1910)

Next some reviews of a very well-known novelist, Arnold Bennett (1867-1931). Probably the most well-known novelist we have read in the 1900-1950 reading group, Bennett was greatly enjoyed by most members of the group. I know Bennett best not for his novels, but for the way he was regarded in the 1920s and 1930s by Virginia … Continue reading

Howard Spring (1889-1965)

Last night at the reading group we discussed the novels of Howard Spring. Older members of the group remembered him from their youth; he published many popular novels from the 1930s until the 1960s, his best-known being My Son, My Son! (1938 originally titled O Absolom!). The Times Literary Supplement praised this best-seller as ‘a … Continue reading

Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett (1910)

It was high time we had some Arnold Bennett on this blog, and here it is: Review by a Reading Group member ‘Clayhanger’ is historical fiction. In reproducing a particular period of time Bennett details the landscape, architecture, home interiors, meals, clothes, manners, facial and vocal expressions relating to ordinary life in the Potteries. Against … Continue reading