Vanity Fair by William M Thackeray

About the book

Thackeray’s upper-class Regency world is a noisy and jostling commercial fairground, predominantly driven by acquisitive greed and soulless materialism, in which the narrator himself plays a brilliantly versatile role as a serio-comic observer.

Although subtitled A Novel without a Hero, Vanity Fair follows the fortunes of two contrasting but inter-linked lives: through the retiring Amelia Sedley and the brilliant Becky Sharp, Thackeray examines the position of women in an intensely exploitative male world.

Reviewed by CC Readers

Enjoyed greatly by everyone who admired the writing, descriptions, characters and humour. A book to take to a desert island – endlessly amusing and interesting. A personal and intimate style – you are taken into Thackeray’s confidence. He knows you appreciate his satire and gentle criticising of human nature. A thoroughly modern book!”

star rating ****

Read this book

Request to borrow a reading book set

http://www3.hants.gov.uk/borrow-book-sets.htm

Winter Games by Rachel Johnson

About the book

Munich, 1936. She doesn’t know it, but eighteen-year old Daphne Linden has a seat in the front row of history. Along with her best friend, Betsy Barton-Hill, and a whole bevy of other young English upper-class girls, Daphne is in Bavaria to improve her German, to go to the Opera, to be ‘finished’. It may be the Third Reich, but another war is unthinkable, and the girls are having the time of their lives. Aren’t they?

London, 2006. Seventy years later and Daphne’s granddaughter, Francie Fitzsimon has all the boxes ticked: large flat, successful husband, cushy job writing up holistic spas . . . The hardest decision she has to make is where to go for brunch – until, that is, the discovery of a photograph of Daphne sends her on a quest to discover what really happened to her grandmother in Germany, all those years ago.

A dazzling tale of secrets and betrayal, Winter Games is powerful novel of innocent lives caught up in the march of history.

Reviewed by The Accidental Reading Group

“a story which looks at English girls going to Germany before WW2 to ‘finish’ This part is relatively good, however we all found the parts set in contemporary times very tedious with a lot of brand name dropping. Not well written: one member even felt that she had read something remarkably similar before”

star rating *

Read this book

Request to borrow a reading book set

http://www3.hants.gov.uk/borrow-book-sets.htm