The Nymph and the Nobleman

‘It may be the moon had something to do with it.’ This novelette, like a Pavlova pastry, crisp on the outside, all soft and melting on the inside, goes well with an afternoon cup of tea and a sweet sprinkling of thoughtful reflections. One of the earliest of Sharp’s works, The Nymph and the Nobleman was later…

Three Companion Pieces

This book is an anthology of three novelettes. Although publishing dates and editions vary, they are all early works. You can read more detail about each story on their own page: Sophy Cassmajor The Nymph and the Nobleman The Tigress on the Hearth Sophy Cassmajor (1934) and The Nymph and the Nobleman (1932) were published individually…

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,…