Nella Lasts War_Nella Last

Nella Last’s War: The Second World War Diaries of Housewife, 49

  Pulled from the Mass-Observation diaries of middle-aged housewife Nella Last, Nella Last’s War: The Second World War Diaries of Housewife, 49  is a stand-out account of English home front life as told from the perspective of a middle-aged housewife living with her husband in Barrow-in-Furness, a shipbuilding town in Lancashire. Beginning in September of […]... Read More
Death of a Busybody by George Bellairs

Death of a Busybody by George Bellairs

“But what about the victim, Oldfield? Who is Tither? What is she?” “I was coming to that. She’s an old maid who lives in Hilary Magna and about the biggest paul-pry in the county. Nothing goes on that she doesn’t know about, or rather didn’t.” Death of a Busybody is my first read from the British Library […]... Read More
Orkney by Amy Sackville

Orkney by Amy Sackville

Orkney tells the haunting tale of an aging literature professor named Richard who, after a year of ‘unspoken courtship’, marries his former student, an unnamed silver-haired, waif-like young woman almost 40 years his junior. At the bride’s behest, the newlyweds journey north to spend their honeymoon on a windswept island in the Orkney archipelago. Against […]... Read More
A Florence Diary by Diana Athill

A Florence Diary by Diana Athill

It may have taken a little over a month, but I was finally able to get my hands on Diana Athill’s A Florence Diary. With my only experience with her work being her short story collection, Midsummer Night in the Workhouse, I thought I would be reading about a someone fleeing from an unsatisfactory relationship […]... Read More