Harlequin House

This is a novel that must be considered in the light of the historical context. It was written in 1939; that brooding summer of gloom that immediately preceded Britain’s declaration of war on Germany. The British–and particularly Londoners–in the year preceding September, 1939, were beginning to prepare for air raids, evacuations, food shortages, and what…

Lise Lillywhite

  ‘When Charles Blagden Lillywhite, born in Somerset, 1873, resident in France since 1900, finally returned to England in 1946, the news of his repatriation did not arouse any strong family enthusiasm. ‘In company with the old man came a daughter, Amélie, and a grand-daughter, Lise….’ The reason for old Charles Lillywhite’s return to his…

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…