If I love a period novel...

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ALovelyBunchOfCoconuts Mon 19-Aug-13 18:42:28

such as Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights, what else will I enjoy? What are Tue must read ones? smile

ALovelyBunchOfCoconuts Mon 19-Aug-13 18:42:39


DuchessofMalfi Mon 19-Aug-13 18:50:57

The rest of the Austen and Bronte novels, Dickens, Willie Collins, Trollope, Edith Wharton for a start?

DuchessofMalfi Mon 19-Aug-13 18:51:44

Wilkie not Willie. Stupid autocorrect grin

ALovelyBunchOfCoconuts Mon 19-Aug-13 19:20:13

When downloading these how do I know which to choose?

A lot of them are free as they're older but then I've found the free ones often have bits missing. Id rather pay than have bits missing.

ALovelyBunchOfCoconuts Mon 19-Aug-13 19:20:54

There's abridged, unabridged, annotated.... i just want a normal book grin

DuchessofMalfi Tue 20-Aug-13 07:49:57

I haven't come across any yet with missing bits. I have complete free copies of Austen on my kindle but you can still get cheap complete copies from some publishers. Delphi do complete works sets for ridiculously cheap prices.

CircassianLeyla Mon 26-Aug-13 20:26:39

Hardy, Gaskell. I love a bit of Catherine Cookson from time to time but obviously not in the same league as the others.

Foreign period novels, Madame Bovary, Anna Karenina.

Phineyj Mon 26-Aug-13 20:31:59

I like Wilkie Collins too especially 'The Moonstone'. The main character in The Woman in White was too drippy for me, although it's a good story.

Philip Pullman's series set in Victorian England are good - I think the first one is The Ruby in the Smoke.

Or maybe I Capture the Castle?

(I'm guessing you like period with feisty women).

Wilkie Collins is a must - No Name has the best heroine imho.

Yes to Pullman's Sally Lockhart series - excellent.

highlandbird Mon 26-Aug-13 20:34:54

Tess of the d'urbevilles, Jayne eyre, these are my favourites along with pride and prejudice and withering heights. Am very envy as I don't have time to read these days!

highlandbird Mon 26-Aug-13 20:35:28

Wuthering even bloody autocorrect!!

Astr0naut Mon 26-Aug-13 20:41:02

Can't go wrong with a bit of Moll Flanders. Ignore the fact she appears to be about 80 and still devastatingly attractive to men, and it's a cracking read.

YoureAllABunchOfBastards Mon 26-Aug-13 20:41:54

The Woman in White and The Moonstone. Best books ever.

I also like Sarah Waters - Fingersmith is very similar to period novels. Lost by DJ Taylor. And Kate Morton - modern authors but all with that vibe.

YoureAllABunchOfBastards Mon 26-Aug-13 20:42:41

phiney - Laura is drippy but Marion is just ace!

Astr0naut Mon 26-Aug-13 20:43:06

If you want books set in past periods, Jude Morgan is pretty good. He tends to pick specific periods and/ historical figures to build them around.

A taste of sorrow is his version of teh Bronte sisters' lives, although Lynne REid banks also did a good one.

MarianForrester Mon 26-Aug-13 20:49:56

A Lost Lady by Willa Cather is amazing, and beautifully written.

Edith Wharton is also a big favourite of mine; maybe start with The Age of Innocence?

I also love Thomas Hardy. My favourite is Tess, probably, but I also love A Laodicean.

Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina are also great.

And some Turgenev - maybe First Love?

If you want period-esque, The American Boy by Andrew Taylor is pretty good. You might also like Ian Pears, but I must admit I found him very wearing and rather too try-hard.

Has anybody said Vanity Fair yet?

Lady Audley's Secret? It annoyed me a bit but is v popular on here and isn't bad.

Astr0naut Mon 26-Aug-13 21:37:56

I had to read Lady Audley's secret for one of my degree courses, a long long time ago. I can't remember if it was because it was gothic or because it was an early mystery or because of somethign else.

Or all of the above? smile

It's a fun story but I found the presence of the author rather invasive. She keeps interrupting her own story to give a lecture and it really irritated me.

EBearhug Mon 26-Aug-13 21:42:58

I'd say not Hardy. Jude is possibly the most depressing novel in the English language, "because we are too menny." Return of the Native is better.

(I am biased - grew in in the middle of Hardy country, so got forcefed him at school, and local dignatories who had once met him tended to get rolled out to give a speech at prizegiving and stuff.)

Unabridged will be the normal book, just means nothing's cut out to shorten it. But not every unabridged version will state that it's unabridged.

YoureAllABunchOfBastards Mon 26-Aug-13 21:43:44

Ooh, YY to The American Boy

Astr0naut Mon 26-Aug-13 21:44:07

Ah, may have been because it was written by Woman in a Man's World. It was over ten years ago and I have been supping fizzy wine this evening. I can only remember it vaguely, mainly for the title!

birdybear Mon 26-Aug-13 21:45:32

Anything by georgette heyer!

Hardy is perfect for bookish 14 year olds, and appalling for grown women.

MarianForrester Mon 26-Aug-13 21:50:37

That's me told.

Sorry Marian. I loved him as a teen but he just annoys me now. I do feel sad that I'll never get that intensity of emotion from him again that I did when first reading him, but I just want to slap everybody in his books whenever I try to re-read them now.

Especially Susan.

sarahtigh Mon 26-Aug-13 22:01:52

Georgette heyer there are some threads here last one was sylvester

MarianForrester Mon 26-Aug-13 22:15:16

Maybe I just want to recapture my 14 year old self smile

I WISH I'd known about The Bell Jar when I was 14 - I'd have bloomin' loved it.


ALovelyBunchOfCoconuts Mon 26-Aug-13 22:17:36

Oh wow some fab suggestions here, thank you all smile

I suppose what I love the most is just the way of life back then. How simple and easy it was. Well, not easy but ykwim. No mobile phones, cars, central heating. I love the vocabulary and just the general way of life. How jovial the children are playing mindless games that teenagers these days wouldn't be seen dead playing.

I do love a strong female lead. P&P is my all time fave - so far anyway. grin And i love Mr Darcy. The arrogance, the pride. So misunderstood!

ALovelyBunchOfCoconuts Mon 26-Aug-13 22:19:14

And it's so nice to come to this thread to take my mind off Pet Sematary that I am 90% of the way through and have foolishly read at bedtime grin

JeanPaget Mon 26-Aug-13 22:31:23

I love Gaskell. North and South is fantastic - good strong female lead. Wives and daughters is also great, although Mrs Gaskell died before finishing it (which came as a bit of a shock when I first read it!)

YY to Georgette Heyer if you're after something slightly lighter - Venetia and Frederica are the ones I'd recommend to start out with.

Anna Karenina is one of my favourite books.

ZaraW Tue 27-Aug-13 11:16:36

D H Lawrence is one of my favourite authors.

paperlantern Fri 30-Aug-13 18:19:41

second lady Audleys secret, wilkie Collins (moonstone, woman in white), austin, Jane Eyre. maybe some sherlock Holmes.

going down the more gothic route dracula and frankenstien

Charles dickens I think is a little less accessible and requires more concentration

This is a cozy Victorian murder with almost pastiche parody of various period novels. Might enjoy?

Tiredemma Wed 04-Sep-13 16:58:22

I loved Sarah Walters Fingersmith and Affinity

Lady Audleys Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddock. Tip top.

craftycottontail Mon 09-Sep-13 10:04:03

sorry I'm replying a few days late but no one has mentioned Howards End by EM Forster and I think you'd love it smile

Mhw02 Wed 11-Sep-13 17:13:53

I had to read Thomas Hardy for CSYS English. (Tess of the D'Urbervilles, The Mayor of Casterbridge, and Far From the Madding Crowd). I'm not a fan. The general consensus in our class of 16 year olds was that the characters were all a bit dull and pathetic and needed a good shake.

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