The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (1859)

The Woman in White is an exciting and complex story with a memorable cast of heroes, villains, and sundry other interesting characters. Wilkie Collins lived between 1824 and 1889 and his life overlapped those of other well-known Victorian authors whose books I’ve enjoyed reading: Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870)Elizabeth Gaskell (1810 - 1865)Charlotte Bronte (1816 … Continue reading The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (1859)

Towers in the Mist by Elizabeth Goudge (1938)

Towers in the Mist is set in Oxford during the Reign of Elizabeth I. Elizabeth Goudge centres her story around the Leighs, a fictional family, but she includes a wealth of historical figures such as Walter Raleigh, Philip Sidney, Thomas Bodley, Cardinal Wolsey, and the Earl of Leicester, Robert Dudley. Canon Leigh is a widower … Continue reading Towers in the Mist by Elizabeth Goudge (1938)

These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer (1926)

These Old Shades is set in 1756 so technically it’s not a Regency novel (which strictly speaking ran from 1810 to 1820). Nevertheless, it certainly has the feel of a Regency novel although most of the action takes place in France during the reign of Louis XV of France.This was a fun read with a … Continue reading These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer (1926)

Beyond the Black Stump by Nevil Shute (1956)

A remote cattle station in the Western Australian (W.A.) outback in the early 1950’s is the setting, for the most part, of Nevil Shute’s book, Beyond the Black Stump. The story begins in Oregon in America where Stanton Laird, a geologist in his late twenties, has just returned home after a stint in Arabia working … Continue reading Beyond the Black Stump by Nevil Shute (1956)

AusReading Month 2022

Brona's AusReading Challenge is happening this month. The main aim of this challenge is to read Australian fiction, non-fiction and poetry. I have a Nevil Shute title I've just started (Beyond the Black Stump) as well as a few other books I'm considering if I have time. Some others: No Moon Tonight by Don Charlwood … Continue reading AusReading Month 2022

Frederica by Georgette Heyer (1965)

Georgette Heyer (1902–1974) is best known for her Regency novels, the time period which lasted from 1811 to 1820. Frederica is set in 1818 and is the first book I’ve read by this author, although I’ve been aware of her for ages. Apparently, if you enjoy Mary Stewart’s writing, you might possibly like Georgette Heyer's, … Continue reading Frederica by Georgette Heyer (1965)

Bookish Catch-up

“Good fiction’s job is to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.”― David Foster Wallace I don't think that's the only function of fiction, but it may be a consequence. Some fiction is solely for relaxation, speaking of which, my husband and I have just returned from a holiday by the beach, the first time we've … Continue reading Bookish Catch-up

My Brother Michael by Mary Stewart (1959)

‘The result of my own visit to Greece and the impact of that wonderful country on a mind steeped in the classics. ‘My Brother Michael’ was my love affair with Greece.’ - Mary Stewart Camilla Haven had broken with Philip her fiancée of six years, and now at twenty-five years of age, she had come … Continue reading My Brother Michael by Mary Stewart (1959)

Wildfire at Midnight by Mary Stewart (1956)

Gianetta, named after her disreputable great-grandmother, Gianetta Fox who was once the rage of London, had just finished school and completed a course for mannequins. At a showing where she modelled an historical dress, she met Nicholas Drury, a successful author with a caustic tongue, who at 29 years of age was ten years her … Continue reading Wildfire at Midnight by Mary Stewart (1956)