Well, I was going to write about The Hours by Michael Cunningham today, which my book group is reading. Tonight I went along, having re-read the novel, ready for the evening - which was to involve watching the film first, then discussing the novel... only to discover that I'd got the week wrong. So look out next Tuesday...
Instead, I'm going to have a crack at something I've been meaning to try for a while. A favourite book, per decade, for every decade from 1800s onwards... doesn't that sound like a fun idea? I'll see how far I get, and then will wait hopefully for other people to give it a go. Requires a little bit of research, but mostly should be a matter of slotting my favourite books into a timeline (my problem being that almost all my favourites are from 1920-40)... and then I should, much like my namesake on Blue Peter, have produced something fun and interesting and good. But not 'here's one I made earlier'. Cos I haven't.
Here goes... do have a go. Don't worry about leaving gaps - I have, and did on my alphabetical list too. But if I find anyone using an apostrophe in their decades, I'll... well, I'll wince and frown and cross you off my Christmas card list.
- 1810s: Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
- 1840s: Agnes Grey - Anne Bronte
- 1850s: Cranford - Elizabeth Gaskell
- 1860s: The Mill on the Floss - George Eliot
- 1870s: Through the Looking-Glass... - Lewis Carroll
- 1880s: Three Men in a Boat - Jerome K. Jerome
- 1890s: The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman
- 1900s: Lovers in London - AA Milne
- 1910s: Literary Lapses - Stephen Leacock
- 1920s: Mrs. Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
- 1930s: The Diary of a Provincial Lady - EM Delafield
- 1940s: Miss Hargreaves - Frank Baker
- 1950s: Frost at Morning - Richmal Crompton
- 1960s: The L-Shaped Room - Lynne Reid Banks
- 1970s: The Bookshop - Penelope Fitzgerald
- 1980s: Deceived With Kindness - Angelica Garnett
- 1990s: The Winter Book - Tove Jansson
- 2000s: Speaking of Love - Angela Young