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forgotten classics

'Reading neglected writers so you don't have to' A Time Out column and a blog for books that seem to be undeservedly forgotten, from John Galsworthy to Rose Macaulay, from Amos Tutuola to DH Lawrence, from W. Somerset Maugham to Fanny Burney. What books do you think we should revive? If you love a writer who has lapsed in popularity please let me know! Are my choices controversial?

Friday, October 06, 2006

sterne, hope, braddon

just whilst I think of it, three lovely novels which aren’t looked for various reasons:


Laurence Sterne, A Sentimental Journey – always in the shadow of Tristram Shandy, this is playful and sweet and as complex as that novel


Anthony Hope, Rupert of Hentzau – the sequel to The Prisoner of Zenda, another swashbuckling epic


Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Lady Audley’s Secret – the secret is pretty obvious, but this is a charming piece of Victorian sensationalism