@melis @rayray Lucy Snowe oh God yes! enigmatic sexy ones from Monsieur Emmanuel, snide ones from Madame Beck, bitchy vain ones from Ginevra! PLEASE Melis!
This is an amazing thread! "College" novels is how I describe my niche reading tastes (to myself, in my head). Stoner by John Williams, this year's The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis - do any of these apply for Q1 writer?
Seconding suggestions for Room & Marriage Plot for Q2's mother. Crimson Petal & the White also maybe? Wolf Hall AND Bringing up the Bodies perhaps? All that history can be really fascinating and great to read around & get your teeth into.
@dracula's ghost OMG I READ STONER!
Everyone I've recommended it too loved Stoner, it's amazing. I was going to recommend it for Q1 too!
@Speaking of cake, I have cake YES SO MUCH YES. Also, hello other Irish person! (I'm guessing?)
Oh my God, Edith, my phone died just last week, so I have lost all 1,700 of my photos from the last year. Way to go rubbing it in :(
Can't believe there's a Mitford's post- yelp!
I've read all the above and found Nancy's Noblesse Oblige in a Camden bookshop in London last year and ran out of the place laughing, feeling like I'd bought a first folio from under that guy's nose. In pursuit in utter fandom, I have also purchased a super old 6 DVD version of Love in a Cold Climate with Judi Dench and horrible HORRIBLE jumpers/dresses made in the 70s/80s/sometime old and tasteless.
Also, Waughs collected letters are awesome for Nancy wit.