‘The Town in Bloom’ by Dodie Smith

The Town in Bloom opens with a chase scene: when Molly, Lilian, and the ironically named Mouse spot their old but estranged friend Zelle, Mouse is determined to track her down. She races round London in her pursuit, eventually finding her in a ‘rather shabby’ tenement flat. The encounter prompts Mouse to reflect on the… Continue reading ‘The Town in Bloom’ by Dodie Smith


‘The Birds and Other Stories’ by Daphne du Maurier

This week, I am thrilled to be featured in 2 Elizabeths, a new and exciting online literary magazine. You can read the review of Daphne du Maurier's The Birds and Other Stories which I wrote for them here.

‘Carrie’ by Stephen King

16-year-old Carrie White is not like other girls. Her homemade, old-fashioned clothes are odd and unflattering, her acne-ridden face is dissociated and dismal, and no wonder: at school, she is the butt of every joke, and at home, she must contend with her abusive, tyrannical, religiously fanatical ‘Momma’. But when Carrie gets her first period,… Continue reading ‘Carrie’ by Stephen King

‘Rebecca’ by Daphne du Maurier

Rebecca is, of course, du Maurier’s most famous novel, and there is a reason for that: it is glorious. I remember once hearing  that the three books every young woman should read before she turns thirty are Jane Eyre, Gone With the Wind, and Rebecca.  I’ve never read Gone With the Wind (although I still… Continue reading ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne du Maurier

‘Black Narcissus’ by Rumer Godden

Set in a crumbling palace high in the mountains, Rumer Godden’s Black Narcissus has been hailed as a modern gothic classic. The Sisters of Mary – a group of young Irish Catholic nuns – travel to the Himalayas to convert ‘The House of Women’ – formerly home to the General’s harem – into a convent.… Continue reading ‘Black Narcissus’ by Rumer Godden

‘Mistress of Mellyn’ by Victoria Holt

Martha Leigh travels to Cornwall to take up a post as a governess. She does not meet her employer, widower Connan TreMellyn, for some time, but she does meet his daughter, the extremely ‘difficult’ Alvean. When she learns of Alvean’s mother’s mysterious passing, Martha begins to understand the child’s temperament a little better. Things seem… Continue reading ‘Mistress of Mellyn’ by Victoria Holt