on 10 April 2013
Such fun! A fair amount of this book works as nostalgia, but a surprising amount works as being as enjoyable and engaging as any edition of the Spectator brought out today. Editors seem to have been conscious of providing fiction and non-fiction material, for men and women. There are articles linked to politics, medicine, the law and education. There's a strong line up of short stories by big hitters, but lesser known writers are also profiled. Also there's plenty of material so, like any good magazine, it takes a few sittings to go through.
There is a nice intro in form of Andrew Roberts forward and article entitled The Story of the Strand. One criticism could be that most of the material seems to be taken from first few years of The Strand, but am hoping that means that there will be more to come.
on 30 April 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed reading through these pieces from the Strand Magazine. I had never come across The Story of the Strand before – its always nice to read up on a bit of local history! The Sherlock Holmes adventure is one of my personal favourites and I loved the story from a Diary of a Doctor. I would have liked a bit more fiction, because it does seem to be weighted more towards non-fiction, but overall I think it is a great collection to showcase the best of the Strand Magazine.
'The Best of the Strand Magazine' is a collection of some famous pieces appearing in the magazine in its lifetime, mixing in both fiction and non-fiction, with an additional (modern) introduction of the development of the Strand and its significance in London.
You get everything from Sherlock Holmes, political satire, sports coverage, personal interviews (which in the old style had to be turned into a story, not only printed verbatim) and more. Some of it will appear slightly quaint these days, or at least be clearly a product of another time, while some of the articles would not be out of place in a modern quality magazine.
The mix is well balanced and the book will definitely give readers an additional insight into the later part of the nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth century Britain, on top of being a good read in its own right - definitely recommended.
on 13 May 2013
The Best of the Strand magazine offers the reader a wide range of short stories; some fiction, others fact - all offering an interesting snapshot from another era. Two of my favourites were The Diary of a Doctor and Author, Author.
An added bonus is The Story of the Strand which offers the reader a potted history of the well-known London street, describing its development from 'a riverside bridle path to a street of palaces ... to a row of shops...'.