The Puzzle that is Lucy Snowe

Lucy, I wonder of anybody will ever comprehend you altogether?Charlotte Brontë, Villette (1853) Over the April and May this year, I revisited Charlotte Brontë’s fourth and final novel Villette (1853; but it was the third to be published; her first, The Professor, was published later) with a book group on Goodreads. Villette is seen as…

Book Review: Charles Dickens: Places and Objects of Interest by Paul Kendall

My thanks to Pen &Sword and NetGalley for a review copy of the book. Charles Dickens: Places and Objects of Interest acquaints us with different places and objects associated with Charles Dickens at different points in his life (childhood to his death) from homes he lived in to hotels he stayed at or places where…

Book Review: The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens

First published in serial form between April 1840 and February 1841 in Dickens’ weekly periodical, Master Humphrey’s Clock, The Old Curiosity Shop was Dickens’ fourth novel, and was among his most successful ones during his lifetime; in fact so much so that New York readers are said to have stormed the wharf when the last…

Book Review: Dr Wortle’s School by Anthony Trollope

Dr Wortle’s School (1881) is a standalone and the fortieth book written by Victorian author Anthony Trollope and focuses on themes of morality, justice, social propriety, and gossip, with an incidental thread of romance. Dr Wortle is the proprietor of a boys’ school which prepares students to go on to Eton and eventually Oxford. He…

Book Review: The Semi-detached House by Emily Eden

Over April and May I revisited Emily Eden’s The Semi-detached House with a Goodreads group. This is Eden’s second novel, though published first in 1859. Emily Eden (1797–1869) was born into an aristocratic family (her father William Eden, 1st Baron Auckland was a diplomat and politician (also author of a book on Penal Law) while…

Book Review: My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier #DDMreadingweek

This is the first of my (hopefully) two reads for Daphne du Maurier reading week between 10 and 16 May 2021, hosted by Ali at Heavenali (details here and here). A story of suspicion, jealousy, love, infatuation and murder, set in du Maurier’s beloved Cornwall. My Cousin Rachel (1952) is narrated in the voice of…

Book Review: The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens

Over February and part of March this year I reread Nicholas Nickleby in six segments, part of a readalong hosted by the blog FandaClassicLit (here). The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby is the third of Dickens’ completed novels and was first published in serial between 1838 and 1839. This was I think only my…