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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

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.

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

NotjustaMummy Wed 04-Sep-13 19:47:29

Lady Audleys Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddock. Tip top.

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

I loved Sarah Walters Fingersmith and Affinity

SilkStalkings Wed 04-Sep-13 16:55:12

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

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

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

D H Lawrence is one of my favourite authors.

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.

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

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!


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

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

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

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

Georgette heyer there are some threads here last one was sylvester

Especially Susan.

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.

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

That's me told.

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

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

Anything by georgette heyer!

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!

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

Ooh, YY to The American Boy

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.

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.

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.

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

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