Wednesday, the 4th of September, and the first shelf control post this month. Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and is about celebrating the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. To participate, simply pick a book from your TBR pile and write a post about it. Link back to Lisa’s page, and do also leave your links in the comments below as I’d love to check out your picks.
This month again I haven’t picked a specific theme as reading has generally been slow lately because of work and such. So Shelf Control, too, once again, will be random picks from my TBR pile. This week, it’s another pick from my Kindle TBR, Bewildering Cares by Winifred Peck.
Bewildering Cares, subtitled ‘A Week in the Life of a Clergyman’s Wife’ is the diary of a vicar’s wife in a Manchester town in the early days of World War II. And before you begin to think of it as sounding dreary, it is something on the lines of the Dairy of a Provincial Lady by E.M. Delafield, so a witty and fun look at life in a small town 1940 with outraged parishioners and servant troubles, a bubbling romance or two, and the diarist’s son heading off to train with his regiment.
The Author: Lady Winifred Peck was the daughter of the fourth Bishop of Manchester, and one of an interesting set of siblings, from E.V. Knox, editor of Punch to Ronald Knox, theologian and writer, and Dilly Knox a cryptographer. The author Penelope Fitzgerald (daughter of E.V. Knox) was her niece. Peck was married to a British civil servant who was awarded a knighthood in 1938. Over a 40-year period, Peck wrote 25 novels including a couple of mysteries.
I picked this one up when it was free on offer (now it is still free on Kindle Unlimited), mostly because it sounded like Provincial Lady, and I had heard some good things about it in a Goodreads group I am part of. It certainly sounds like a delightful read.
Have you read this one or any of the author’s other books? Which ones and how did you like them? Looking forward to your thoughts!