The title comes from the opening line of Margery Sharp’s late in life book, The Sun in Scorpio. Today, in terms of good literary news, it could be said that ‘everything sparkled’. Today is the day that Open Road Media is releasing ten of Margery Sharp’s books in ebook format!
Some of Margery Sharp’s books earliest books are difficult to impossible to find, but it shouldn’t be that way! Some day, we hope…there will be reprints of these marvelous novels, making them readily accessible for a new generation of readers. I think her earliest novels represent some of her best work, as there is a freshness…
“I know how Britannia Mews started. I was walking through a semi-slum stable that was being converted into these elegant little town cottages, and I thought, ‘What a history that place has had since the day it was built! —carriages and horses, then desolation, now cocktail parties and theatre clubs.” Margery Sharp
For generations of readers, the English country house has lived as a character in its own right. One can immediately think of many examples—Bleak House, Mansfield Park, Howards End, Wuthering Heights, and the most recent being Downton Abbey—stories, faces, dramas, love and conflict all instantly flash into mind just based on the name of the roof that housed them.
Louisa Datchett is a flaming redhead, dynamic, warm-hearted, impulsive; a bit nutty but decidedly likable. The story unfolds as a hilarious romp through the romantic misadventures of this matrimonially determined young woman.
Margery Sharp was fashion conscious, but her manner of dress was quite neat and trim. In terms of style, I thought it was time for a new look on the blog; something more Rhododendron Pie than Fanfare for Tin Trumpets. Thought this would be appropriate in preparation for the season of Margery Appreciation Day over at…
For an author whose work is chiefly characterized as ‘light fiction’, it may come as a surprise to find that Ms. Sharp was so very, very serious about the responsibility of crafting a good story.