Sandra A. Hardingham

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Real Bloomsbury (Real Series) by Nicholas Murray
Real Bloomsbury (Real Series) by Nicholas Murray
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An excellent guide to this area - mixing the erudite with the anecdotal.

I learnt a lot about the history and complexity of this area - and I agree with Nicholas Murray's rather caustic appraisal of the "Bloomsbury Group". However, as he points out, there is far more to Bloomsbury than the eponymous group. There is a lot of detail about contemporary life in this book in contrast to some London guide books that portray London as a period piece.

It made me long to visit this part of London again - with maps. I agree with the previous reviewer that the book would have benefited from more maps and with greater detail than the one sketchy map at the end. That is my only… Read more
The Hand of Ethelberta: A Comedy in Chapters (Peng&hellip by Thomas Hardy
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This novel about the social climbing daughter of a butler is quite unlike any other novel by Thomas Hardy that I have read - and I've read most of them.

For a start, the subtitle is "A Comedy in Chapters". Although I accept that there is humour in some of Hardy's works, "comedy" is not the first word that springs to mind when you think of Thomas Hardy.

Then, after opening chapters set in Hardy's beloved Wessex, the central part of the book is set in London. Although Hardy worked in London for a while, it is clear that he had little love for the place and the descriptions of locations are perfunctory. It is when the action returns to Wessex that for me it really came… Read more
Told by an Idiot by Rose MacAulay
Told by an Idiot by Rose MacAulay
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is the first novel I have read by this author, who is best known for "The Towers of Trebizond."

It was my local book club choice and my appetite was whetted by the description of it on its cover as a panorama following three generations of the Garden family through the social, political, and religious changes from the Victorian period to the 1920s. I find this period of history fascinating and I enjoy family sagas but I soon found myself becoming bogged down in all the detail of the various political and social movements. This information was interesting but at times the book read more like a series of essays than a novel.

I found some of the characters… Read more

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