Is there a particular reason for 1954? If I had to hazard a guess I would have thought that was a great time for post-war German literature. I always confuse Elisabeth Taylor with Elisabeth Jane Howard who wrote the Cazalet novels which have been made into a DVD https://www.goodreads.com/series/73774-cazalet-chronicles
On Monday 18th April, Karen and Simon will be kicking off the #1954Club, a week-long celebration of books first published in 1954. Their ‘Club’ weeks are always great fun, and I’m looking forward to seeing all the various tweets, reviews and recommendations flying around the web during the event.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, given my fondness for fiction from the 1940s and ‘50, I’ve reviewed various 1954 books over the past few years. So if you’re thinking of taking part in the Club, here are some of my faves.
Who Was Changed and Who Was Deadby Barbara Comyns
There is something distinctly English about the world that Barbara Comyns portrays here, a surreal eccentricity that could only be found within the England of old. Set in 1911, three years before the advent of the First World War, Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead has all the hallmarks of…
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