Book review: The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1911

  Francis Hodgson Burnett’s ‘The Secret Garden’ is predominantly a children’s novel, but like all good children’s literature its appeal spreads far beyond this audience. I increasingly found myself admiring the author’s craftsmanship, even if I was able to resist some of the more sentimental aspects of the novel. Set in a soon to disappearContinue reading “Book review: The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1911”

Book review: Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys, 1966

“There is always another side, always.” As you may know, Jean Rhys’s ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’ tells the story from ‘Jane Eyre’ of Mr Rochester’s first wife, the ‘mad woman in the attic’, Bertha Mason. The idea of giving a voice to a relatively minor character from a classic work of literature may not have beenContinue reading “Book review: Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys, 1966”

Let’s play a game…..

The name of the game is “Guess the book”. The book I am thinking of was written by a female novelist, but published in such a way as to disguise her gender. It features an orphan who up to the age of 11 lives with relatives who treat them badly, and is bullied by aContinue reading “Let’s play a game…..”