Seaside Spell

How did Leonard Purday—painfully shy, and overly mothered—manage to find himself in a compromising situation in a young woman’s hotel bedroom in 1937?

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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…

‘So Absurdly Young’

‘She dismissed eternity with a movement of her shoulder.’ (from Fanfare for Tin Trumpets) When Margery Sharp began to write for publication, she showed the usual girlish enthusiasm that young women have for fashions, trends, young men, film stars, and hairstyles. Oh, yes. Hair. The decade was the 1920’s, and we know what that means–Gatsby…