A writer of uncommon wit…

“Her dialogue is brilliant, uncannily true. Her taste is excellent; she is an excellent storyteller.” — Elizabeth Bowen

This blog was created for the purpose of acquainting a wider audience, perhaps a fresh crop of readers, with the delightful novels of Margery Sharp.

Now, as of April 12, 2016, I can make the happy announcement that ten of these novels are available in ebook format! Margery’s novels will live on in a new, exciting way for a new batch of readers, thanks to Open Road Media. Click here for a listing from their website as to the ten novels now available. These are quality productions, with beautiful cover art, a very readable font, and best of all? Ten of Margery’s novels can be in your hands almost instantly now! (see * below)


Each of the novels is also discussed on this website, and can be found by clicking Bibliography on the menu.

Margery Sharp is, of course, best known for her books for children–the popular Rescuers series. These stories began appearing in the 1960’s. Yet she began writing novels as early as the 1920’s. Many novels, short stories and plays later, her last full length novel was published in 1977. (A final book in the Rescuers series was published in 1978.)MargeryCollage1

In addition to “a wry and lovely humor” as described by one reviewer, “a scrupulous sense of order and an unashamed love of the human race” emerge in this diverse collection of novels.

As to the Bibliography page, I have been working on producing fresh material for the website, so not every book is listed, yet.

The top menu will take you to the reviews of the books as they are completed, as well as additional goodies that are related to Margery Sharp and her world. MargeryCollage2

With all the interest in recent years for book to movie adaptations from the classics, or serialized period dramas, it is rather amazing that the tremendous riches in character and story of Ms. Sharp’s works have not yet been mined.

‘It is as natural for Miss Sharp to be witty as for a brook trout to have spots.’

–The Saturday Review, 1946

While her literary output is generally considered light, even comic fiction, she wrote from a unique perspective and time in history. Her insights into human nature and frailty were often breathtakingly brilliant. The moral, physical, and social landscape of Britain during the post WWI era continues to fascinate audiences today.IMG_9866

In the year 2000 I started this web project, with a very simple Geocities website on yahoo. In the ensuing years, there have been a few facelifts and edits to the website, and a few years where I was unable to work on it at all. Since beginning, the book blogging world has grown beautifully! I have come in contact with many admirers of Margery Sharp’s work. It has been fun and rewarding, and one thing is clear: this is not an author that should be ‘out of print’. Now that is changing.

I hope you will find this to be a useful resource in your discovery of Margery Sharp’s writing. If so, please provide a link back to the website so others can find it.

Please contact me with any questions, or just say hello and share your favorite Margery book. Thank you for visiting!

(*Note: this is a non-profit website. Completely and utterly–just ask my husband. He has resigned himself quite cheerfully to the fact that I can’t seem to ‘monetize’ anything.  And there are no affiliate links placed here by me, as I’m sure I wouldn’t know how to do one; WP, though, has this figured out nicely, so you might see some of their stuff. This blog just represents an enthusiasm. So enjoy!)



22 thoughts on “A writer of uncommon wit…

  1. I have loved Margery Sharp’s novels almost all my life and I am now 69. I have enjoyed her excellent characterizations of the people in her books and her clever dialogue. She deserves much more recognition than she has received!! The attempts to make movies of two of her books were stupid, crude and absolutely spoiled the story of each, at least in my opinion. I’ve spent a lot of time living in Margery Sharp’s books over the years. They have been a place I could retreat to when the world pressed too maddenly.

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    • Laraine, you are among the few who have even seen these movie adaptations of Margery Sharp’s novels! I saw Cluny Brown (cute in its own way but not nearly as good as the book)…and the movie version of The Nutmeg Tree is a very sad representation of the book, even though the actor/actresses in it are top notch. Thank you so much for visiting and commenting–it was delightful to learn of your reading experience over the years with Margery Sharp! Best wishes!

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  2. I found a copy of The Foolish Gentlewoman hiding among discarded paperbacks in a lodge in Helen, Ga. I traded a jigsaw puzzle and a paperback mystery for what I now believe will be one of my most treasured literary finds. I cannot wait to order more of Ms Sharp’s novels and fall greedily into the lives of her characters and their surroundings. Such unadulterated pleasure!

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  3. Thanks to my book loving friend I have now found Margery. How it is I never heard of her, I just don’t know. Maybe I’ll be surprised as I read, that, yes I did read some of her works in my younger days. I didn’t own many books as a young person, but the library was my friend. Sadly though, I really don’t remember the authors. I’ve started with Something Light and am thoroughly enjoying it. Was thrilled to see so many being reprinted. Thank you for this bog! I found it when I tried to find out what a chrysanthemum mop hair style was.

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    • So glad you found Margery’s blog! The good news she is now AT LONG LAST finally being reprinted into ebook format, so your journey of discovering Margery should be a lot easier!😊

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  4. So glad the Martha-novels are finally available again! They are the finest of the finest in twentieth century Literature! Brittannia Mews is another favorite, but they should all be in print. And why oh why are her short stories not available? Her collected stories would be a gorgeous treasure!

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    • I couldn’t agree more! I have been collecting her short stories for years–they are out there in old vintage magazines and are like little lost treasures. I am compiling a list; destined to be a work in progress for some time! Thanks for visiting the site.


    • Oh, so glad to hear it! I have more interesting historical bits to add to the site; really hoping to have more time in the future to spend here! Thank you for your lovely comment.

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  5. I was so pleased today to read your website about Margery Sharp. She has for many years been a favorite writer of mine since I discovered the Martha books at the local public library in Bryan, Ohio, in the 1960s. Now I have most of her books (my favorite is Something Light.) I always felt she gave women permission to be themselves, which nice girls couldn’t be in Ohio in the 1960s. I always hoped that other people would discover, or rediscover her, since in fact some of her books were made into movies. Yes, she needs rediscovering!!!


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  6. What a lovely blog to celebrate my favourite author! I came across a copy of Something Light in a thrift shop about 6 years ago and loved it for its wit and style, even for its cute cover art which is what drew me in at first glance. Later on # I was given a copy of Cluny Brown as a prop in a play which I started to read between scenes and found a similar love for. Only later did I find they were in fact by the same author. In the years since, my husband has found several copies of out of print novels for me as gifts and I treasure them all.

    My daughter, Cluny, was born in 2015.


  7. Just watched Cluny Brown movie this week and agree with all that this writer delights the mind, heart and soul. I read Cluny as a teenager and Martha, Eric and George three years ago.


  8. In 2014, I – unusual for me – threw out a book by Margery Sharp, called The Foolish Gentlewoman, only to discover it was out of print and that, although she had been a very successful and popular novelist, virtually all her books were out of print, although she had been featured recently as a fine novelist undeservedly out of print.
    Since 2016 many of her books are now available in Kindle!
    All of the novels I have read by Margery Sharp describe humorously and sympathetically the difficulties of women of the early to mid-twentieth-century
    who, through lack of education and opportunity, struggle heroically to survive independently in a man’s world. Her characters are varied and convincing. The problems are depicted poignantly yet with kindness, sympathy and feel real. The happy solutions befit their era. I think her novels are not only excellent and entertaining English literature, but also serve as very real social records of women’s lives in the first half of the 1900’s.


  9. My review of the The Nutmeg Tree
    This book is one of my two favourite Margery Sharp novels. It features the lowbrow Julia, endowed with a warm personality, who tries so hard to behave like a lady in order not to shame her daughter who is engaged to be married to a rather upper class young man.


  10. My review of Something Light
    This book is one of my two favourite Margery Sharp novels. It features the impoverished Louisa, endowed with a warm personality, who tries so hard to have a career as a photographer and dreams of finding a man to marry.


  11. I have just read The Foolish Gentlewoman. How I disliked Tilly. How wrong I thought Isabel. How right she was in the end! Also, loved the line about the young being offended that their youth was not preferred. Ha! Take that you youngsters!

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