‘So Absurdly Young’

‘She dismissed eternity with a movement of her shoulder.’ (from Fanfare for Tin Trumpets) When Margery Sharp began to write for publication, she showed the usual girlish enthusiasm that young women have for fashions, trends, young men, film stars, and hairstyles. Oh, yes. Hair. The decade was the 1920’s, and we know what that means–Gatsby…

Meet The Misses Pye

Margery Sharp’s general output of work has been described as ‘insightful, witty, deft, light, comic, sly, affectionate, humane, unexpected’, and so on. In the short story that is the subject of this post–Winning Sequence–Margery Sharp does not disappoint! Are you in the mood to read something brief, brilliantly crafted, and wittily told? Winning Sequence/ 1936…

Four Gardens

“For we think back through our mothers if we are women.”― Virginia Woolf Four Gardens is a novel that tends to make us ‘think back through our mothers’. The lovely narrative leads us irresistibly back to the past. We follow a young woman—Caroline—down the streets of Town, over the green trodden paths of the Common,…