“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.)
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.
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.
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!)