Wednesday, the 21st of July, and time for Shelf Control once again! Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. To participate, all you do is pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it–what its about, why you want to read it, when you got it, and such. If you participate, don’t forget to 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 as well!
Richmal Crompton’s William books were a favourite of my mom’s as a child and while I didn’t read any as a child, I did read them when I was much older and enjoyed them very much as well (of course, I haven’t read anywhere close to the full series of Williams). Until a friend of mine mentioned a few years ago some of Crompton’s books written for adults (William by the way is as enjoyable for adults as well), I hadn’t realised she had written any. But looking them up, I found she’s actually written quite a few. I kept planning to pick some up from then, but still haven’t gotten down to it.
Today, my pick for Shelf Control is one of these, Steffan Green. First published in 1940, Steffan Green is a standalone novel. The story is of Lettice Helston, whose high-society marriage breaks down, which sees her flee her glamorous London life and go to her friend, Dorrie for comfort. She makes an unexpected detour (the result of taking a wrong turn) to a charming village, Steffan Green. Here, she meets new friends, encounters a scandal and also finds herself completely absorbed into village life. This ‘delightful account’ of life in the country in the 1930s, tells of how Lettice finds peace and happiness in a completely different life.
I enjoy books set amidst village life, telling us stories of the people, relationships, gossip, village events and such–and the fact that this is set in the 1930s, makes it sound all the more delightful. It sounds from its description and the few reviews I’ve read on Goodreads like a charming read with plenty of humour and just the thing for me.
Are you a William fan? Which is your favourite book or books? Have you read any of Richmal Crompton’s books for adults? Which ones and how did you find them? Looking forward to your thoughts!
Cover image and description from Goodreads as always.
Lisa’s pick this week is another author on my TBR, Kirstin Hannah, Night Road. Find the post here
p.s.: I have since read and reviewed the book; full review here