Posts under ‘1930s’

The Lake District Murder by John Bude

Five words from the blurb: body, garage, puzzle, 1930s, village I used to live near Cockermouth, Cumbria so when I saw Margaret’s post on The Lake District Murder I immediately reserved a copy from the library. I’m so pleased I did as it contains some wonderful information about what it was like to live in […]

The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Winner of the 1939 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Five words from the blurb: Florida, swamp, dangerous, life, survival The Yearling won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1939. I hadn’t heard of it until I stumbled across a mention of the author in a Florida guidebook, but as I always like to read books set […]

Night Flight by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

  Translated from the French by Curtis Cate Five words from the blurb: adventurer, aviation, risks, airmail, courage I have a fear of flying so was surprised to see The Novel Cure recommend a book about an air crash as a potential solution to my problem. I was dubious (and scared!) but decided to give it the […]

War with the Newts by Karel Capek

 Translated from the Czech by M and R Weatherall Five words from the blurb: humorous, newts, trade, exploitation, fight War with the Newts was one of the titles that caught my eye when I was browsing 1001 Books: You Must Read Before You Die. I hadn’t heard of it before, but I love dystopian fiction and […]

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Five words from the blurb: WWI, horrors, nurse, loyalty, lovers I hadn’t read any Hemingway so when I was offered the opportunity to review the new special edition of A Farewell to Arms I jumped at the chance. Fans of the book will love this new edition – it is beautifully produced, includes photographs of Hemingway’s […]

Before the Fact – Francis Iles

I first saw Before the Fact mentioned on Shelf Love, but was persuaded to read it when Teresa selected it as a ‘book that deserves a wider audience’ at Reading Matters. Francis Iles is an important author in the crime fiction world as he progressed the genre from simple “whodunnits” into books where the murderer is known to […]