Virago Reading Week is still going strong! Tomorrow is the last day, so if you’re still reading or haven’t had a chance to participate yet, don’t worry – you still have a chance! Don’t forget the competitions on mine and Carolyn’s blogs, and also Thomas’ competitions – get your answers in before the deadlines! Carolyn and I will be announcing all the prize winners on Monday – in addition to the competitions, we will be giving away prizes for the Best Overall Participant and we will both be choosing our favourite reviews of the week. All very exciting! Come back here tomorrow for the final Virago Reading Week roundup – I can’t believe it has been six days already; they have flown by, and I hope everyone has had as much fun as Carolyn and I have!
So, without further ado, here’s today’s round up! If I missed you, I apologise in advance – please post a link to your review in the comments and I’ll make sure you get a mention.
Laura of Laura’s Musings has written a tremendous review of my favourite read of 2010, Mollie Panter-Downes’ One Fine Day. Her sensitive exploration of the themes of loss and hope has made me desperate to reread this truly remarkable portrait of post war English life.
Lyn of I Prefer Reading has given us a double whammy of Virago joy today – a brilliant review of Enid Bagnold’s lesser read, remarkable exploration of pregnancy and motherhood, The Squire, and a lovely post with photographs of Virago cover art.
The lovely Danielle of A Work in Progress, after all of her teasers this week, has finished E M Delafield’s Thank Heaven Fasting and written a fantastic review. A story about the desperation of a young girl to marry in the Edwardian period, it’s an excellent account of the limited opportunities and emphasis on making a good marriage that women faced in the 19th and early 20th centuries. I read it not long ago and absolutely loved it – highly recommended!
Dear Claire of Kiss a Cloud has read her first proper Virago; Enid Bagnold’s The Happy Foreigner. It didn’t blow her away, though she very much enjoyed it still, and she is looking forward to reading more Viragos in future! Hurrah! We have a convert!
The always enthusiastic JoAnn of Lakeside Musing has today posted about Barbara Pym’s Excellent Women. JoAnn’s review is truly excellent and has made me want to read this ‘bittersweet’ novel very soon!
Lovely, lovely Darlene of Roses Over a Cottage Door had a moment of serendipity when she wandered into a used book store and happened to find a Virago she hadn’t seen before; Enid Bagnold’s The Loved and Envied. Enid seems to be popular today! Do go on over and tell Darlene what you know about her, if you know anything, as she’s desperate to find out more!
Jane at Fleur Fisher in her world has written a lovely and alluring review of a newer Virago Modern Classic, Stella Gibbons’ (of Cold Comfort Farm fame) long out of print but now reissued Nightingale Wood.
Last but not least the lovely Chrissy has written an interesting review of Barbara Pym’s Excellent Women, which, unfortunately, unlike JoAnn, she did not enjoy. It just goes to show – we all have different reading tastes, even amongst Virago lovers!