Two and a half years later (aged 51 and a 1/2), I have actually only reached number 37. Not due to the fact that I have not enjoyed this task– its been a privilege to check out some of these mainly forgotten writers.
In other words, I got a bit busy and the reading lapsed. Today I am identified to crack on with it and so throughout the next couple of days, number 38 should magically appear.
Introduce night with Huxbear VineyardThe commission was from Allen and Unwin to compose an unique about gin, under the pseudonym Lizzie Lovell. The Juniper Gin Joint was followed a year later by a commission to compose another novel, this time about white wine. (You might see a theme emerging here.) Throughout that year I had a relaunch of my debut novel The Generation Game by Legend Press. And a couple of months after the publication of The West Country Winery, my 4th Sophie Duffy novel was launched– Betsy and Lilibet, a story of two women born upon the same day (you can probably guess who among them is).
The only prerequisites were that they had to be books composed by women during the 20th Century. As revisiting some of my favourite books, the plan was also to read and write about authors who have perhaps been ignored or overlooked.
In the meantime, heres a recap (in sequential order of posts):.
1. The Life and Loves of a She-Devil by Fay Weldon (1983 ).
2. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (1938 ).
3. The Diary of a Provincial Lady by EM Delafield (1930 ).
4. The Bottle Factory Outing by Beryl Bainbridge (1974 ).
5. Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson (1985 ).
6. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons (1932 ).
7. Anita and Me by Meera Syal (1996 ).
8. The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen (1948 ).
9. Octavia by Jilly Cooper (1977 ).
10. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (1997 ).
11. The Dress Circle by Laurie Graham (1998 ).
12. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark (1961 ).
13. Sula by Toni Morrison (1974 ).
14. The Garrick Year by Margaret Drabble (1964 ).
15. The Wild Girl by Michele Roberts (1984 ).
16. By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart (1945 ).
17. Mr Wroes Virgins by Jane Rogers (1991 ).
18. The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford (1945 ).
19. The Shooting Party by Isabel Colegate (1980 ).
20. Genuine People by Alison Lurie (1969 ).
21. Excellent Women by Barbara Pym (1952 ).
22. The Summer Book by Tove Jansson (1972 ).
23. Larrys Party by Carol Shields (1997 ).
24. The Mirror Crack d from Side to Side by Agatha Christie (1962 ).
25. Back Trouble by Clare Chambers (1994 ).
26. The Secret Diary of Adrain Mole Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend (1982 ).
27. Summer Season by Edith Wharton (1917 ).
28. Heartburn by Nora Ephron (1983 ).
29. The Queen of the Tambourine by Jane Gardam (1991 ).
30. Mrs Miniver by Jan Struther (1939 ).
31. The Tortoise and the Hare by Elizabeth Jenkins (1954 ).
32. Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor (1971 ).
33. The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley (1984 ).
34. Mariana by Monica Dickens (1940 ).
35. The Trick is to Keep Breathing by Janice Galloway (1989 ).
36. The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (1956 ).
37. After Leaving Mr Mackenzie by Jean Rhys (1930 ).
The only prerequisites were that they had to be books composed by ladies throughout the 20th Century. As revisiting some of my preferred books, the strategy was likewise to check out and write about novelists who have actually maybe been ignored or overlooked.
Release night with Huxbear VineyardThe commission was from Allen and Unwin to compose a novel about gin, under the pseudonym Lizzie Lovell. The Juniper Gin Joint was followed a year later by a commission to compose another unique, this time about white wine. Throughout that year I had a relaunch of my launching unique The Generation Game by Legend Press.
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