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…