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This is the story of the bumbling Lord Emsworth and how he tries to avoid the responsibilities of his role as a Lord, preferring a quiet life and hobbies such as pig-rearing.

Lady Susan by Jane Austen

This novel describes the attempts of Lady Susan to survive in society and manoeuvre herself through life, using people quite mercilessly including her own daughter, while trying to appear to stay within the bounds of what is acceptable in society.

This is the story of Charles Ryder and his experience with Sebastian Flyte and his family; how they influence his life and yet how he feels responsible for their welfare, and the contrasts between their lives and his own. The story begins with Charles and his troops arriving at the mansion of Brideshead looking for [...]

This is a gothic romance detailing the love affair between Ellena Rosalba and Vincentio de Vivaldi, and the attempts to thwart it by the devious and sinister characters of his mother, the Marchese di Vivaldi, and her advisor, Father Schedoni. There are wonderfully gothic features in the novel such as kidnappings and imprisonments, secret passageways [...]

This is a wonderful tale with so many different threads and themes, and is a brilliant read. It is centred on the French Revolution and very much told from two different viewpoints all the way through, allowing the reader to experience the events from both England and France, from the rich and the poor, and [...]

This is an account of the eventful and surprising life of Maria Von Trapp; a life full of remarkable changes of direction, from being a nun to being a loving governess and then a loyal wife and mother, from being rich to being poor, from being settled in Austria to being a refugee, from facing [...]

This is the account of Peter and his wife’s first year living in Provence, with all the charming delights and disasters they experience. I read this book many years ago and can remember laughing out loud at it on several occasions.

This is the story of a family moving to a new area and the young son suspecting that something strange and sinister has happened to the previous owners of their house. He discovers that their son had disappeared, there are strange statues near the house that appear to move position, his own family begin acting [...]

I love reading collections of letters as I feel it gives you such a good insight into a person, and it also feels quite nosy as you know they didn’t really intend for you to be reading these! PG Wodehouse’s letters are fascinating, and I like and admire him even more than I did before. [...]

This is a book of short stories that I have to admit I didn’t really enjoy. I found each story quite sad and depressing, and struggled with the style of them being just a snapshot of someone’s life with no beginning or conclusion as such.

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