A lovely mixture on this shelf. The Madwoman in the Attic by Gilbert and Gubar, one of those books of literary criticism I read over & over again in younger days. Books by Linda Gillard, one of my favourite contemporary writers. George Gissing, Rumer Godden & Lyndall Gordon - her biography of Charlotte Brontë is one of my favourites as she considers Charlotte as a professional writer & concentrates on her career much more than earlier biographers.
I can see several copies of Helene Hanff's 84 Charing Cross Road, as well as the audio book read by Juliet Stevenson & John Nettles. Also the beginning of my Hardy collection.
The rest of the Hardy collection. He's one of my favourite authors & I love the poetry as much as the fiction. Cyril Hare is one of my favourite mystery writers. I would love to reread his books. Jenny Hartley's book on Dickens & the women of Urania Cottage is one of the best books about Dickens I've ever read. I love books that take an aspect of a life or a short period in the subject's life & illuminates the whole. Charles Nicholl's book on Shakespeare, The Lodger, is another book that brings such freshness to the story of Shakespeare's life by focusing on just a year of that life.
Georgette Heyer dominates this shelf. A reasonably recent discovery for me & I have many more of her novels on the tbr shelves.
Susan Hill's Through the Kitchen Window and The Magic Apple Tree are beautiful evocations of country life. I bought that copy of Victoria Holt's The Shivering Sands from a remainders table in a fit of nostalgia as I loved her books when I was young. I had them all in those lovely 1970s Fontana paperbacks (I'm sure some of you are sighing nostalgically along with me). Winifred Holtby is another favourite author. It's the 80th anniversary of her death this year so I'd like to reread Vera Brittain's biography, Testament of Friendship.
A very battered copy of The Nun's Story by Kathryn Hulme (with the movie tie-in cover), one of my favourite movies. Why doesn't someone reprint this? Anne Boleyn is another of my historical obsessions & Eric Ives' biography of Anne is wonderful. Henry James, on the other hand, is another of my blind spots. I didn't mind Washington Square but I don't really enjoy him. Another author to clear out when I need more shelf space. On the other hand, his sister, Alice's Diary is very good, a fascinating look at a woman who could have been a writer if ill-health hadn't dominated her life.
Sorry about the varying photo sizes. I found some of the photos became blurry if I enlarged them too much but others were fine. Another technological mystery.
Next week, James, P D to Marler.