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Fear For Miss Betony | Dorothy Bowers
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I enjoyed this quite a bit & it reminded me of Dorothy Sayers' Gaudy Night: the same cloistered environment of women & girls in close quarters & the same kind of simmering psychological motivations for the murder. Bowers' writing is quite delightful; it might seem over-written at first as the pace is slow, but it picks up nicely & provides so many interesting insights into the social & material conditions of the time. #GoldenAgeCrimeClub @Mitch

Cathythoughts Lovely review ❤️ 3d
BarbaraBB Great review an oh that cover 🥰 3d
batsy @Cathythoughts Thanks, Cathy 😘 3d
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batsy @BarbaraBB Yes, the other titles also have cute covers ❤️ 3d
batsy One for the annals of #spinsterlit I must add! 3d
vivastory I read my first Dorothy Sayers last month. Loved it! 2d
batsy @vivastory Ooh, which one? 2d
vivastory @batsy Murder Must Advertise. While reading it I had the impression that it was a post WW-II novel. I was a bit shocked to find that it was pre-war once I checked. There were entire passages about office politics & the dominance of capitalism that could easily be moved into a contemporary novel. I thought it was brilliant how in the end the financial aspects that Sayer's portrays ties into the mystery itself without feeling manipulative. 8h
batsy @vivastory MMA is one of my faves! Great point about the depiction of the workplace and how the logic of capitalism operates; it struck me when I read it, too, but it was many years ago and your comments are prompting me to revisit it soon 🙂 6h
vivastory Do you have any particular favorites by Sayers? I'm uncertain where to go next. 6h
batsy @vivastory I'm a big fan of all four books where Harriet Vane appears (Strong Poison, Have His Carcase, Gaudy Night, and Busman's Honeymoon). Out of the standalone Wimsey ones I've only read MMA, Whose Body (the first one, interesting but also kind of flawed) and The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, which was a lot of fun as I remember! 6h
vivastory Thanks so much for your detailed response! Noting the recommendations. I think I will make Gaudy Night my next one as I have seen it pop up previously & it will be interesting to read about a different character than Wimsey. 5h
vivastory I still need to read Jospehine Tey. I know she was writing around the same time as Christie & Sayers & is generally considered one of the best. 5h
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Big Swiss: A Novel | Jen Beagin
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Oh, man. I'm so JEALOUS of how Jen Beagin writes such clever lines that are consistently snort-out-loud funny without it becoming a flippant kind of farce. This is deranged, sexy, weird, & tender. I love Greta so much; I've never related more to a character. I saw someone describe Beagin as having a soft spot for the wayward soul. And oh my god, the dog & the mini donkeys were so beautifully brought to life. Top-notch #spinsterlit , I must say.

Cathythoughts Exciting review !! Stacked 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Thank you! Maybe a Marmite book? 😁 But you'll know from the first few pages if it's something you'd like. 2mo
BarbaraBB What a recommendation! Now I feel I must read it, while until now I‘ve been stacking and unstacking it! 2mo
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youneverarrived I‘m all for spinsterlit! Brill review 🖤 2mo
Amiable Love this review!
Tamra Laugh out loud is difficult to write! 2mo
batsy @BarbaraBB 😆 I hope it works for you if you do read it! 2mo
batsy @youneverarrived @Amiable Thank you! 💜 2mo
batsy @Tamra It is! She really pulls it off so well. 2mo
sarahbarnes Great review! This one is on my list. Glad to see you liked it! 2mo
HardcoverHearts Deranged! Great descriptor. 👌🏻 2mo
gossamerchild That cover, too 🤩🤩 2mo
batsy @sarahbarnes Thank you! I really hope you like it! 2mo
batsy @HardcoverHearts Ha! It's so unabashedly unruly in its own way and I love it. 2mo
batsy @gossamerchild It's so great! 2mo
LeahBergen What a great review! I must check this one out now. 2mo
batsy @LeahBergen Thanks, Leah! I think the humour might be something you'd enjoy 🙂 2mo
Centique Like @BarbaraBB I‘ve been stacking and unstacking this! But this is my final call - if you liked it and it‘s #spinsterlit I‘m sure I will 🙌 2mo
batsy @Centique It's a tough one to recommend! But it is the kind of book where you'll know by the initial pages if it's something for you! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Centique I already purchased a copy 🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️😉 2mo
batsy @BarbaraBB 😁👌🏾 2mo
Suet624 It‘s true that it‘s a hard one to recommend. Just no idea how people will take some of it. But I loved it too. I even loved the chicken that shows up every now and again. 2mo
batsy @Suet624 Oh god, yes! All of the animals were just the best. I don't think I'll ever forget Piñon. 2mo
Rissreads This sounds bat shit crazy! Stacked! 1mo
batsy @Rissreads It's a bit off the rails, but you'll know if it's for you early on. Loved the humour! 1mo
Rissreads I think I‘ve just found my next bookclub pick. I wanted something contemporary and literary and surprising. Apparently this is being made into a HBO series with Jodie Comer. 1mo
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This book was grim, but also brilliant.

It's an excruciating portrait of a lonely, unattractive (we are told), middle aged woman who bores her only "friends" to death each Sunday. She's not got any money, but at least she has her faith, right?.... right?

Well-written, believable characters, vivid, tragic, poignant. This is a highly effective piece of storytelling; just be prepared for 250 pages of joyless misery!


RaeLovesToRead @Liz_M I'm going to have to read some books about single ladies having an EXCELLENT time in their 40s to cheer myself up! 3mo
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RaeLovesToRead @Liz_M Added to stack! Looks like fun 😊 3mo
batsy I loved this book so much! One of the highlights of the #nyrbbookclub and yes @Liz_M top tier #spinsterlit 😁 3mo
vivastory Boosting the comments by my #NYRBBookClub comrades @batsy & @Liz_M Fantastic (if grim) novel 3mo
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory @batsy @Liz_M Sounds like a great book club 😊 I'm definitely going to read something cheerful next though! 3mo
vivastory Lol understandable! The final segment of the book I think was one of the most harrowing of any of our selections 3mo
LeahBergen What @batsy said! This is a real favourite of mine. 3mo
Bookwomble "250 pages of joyless misery" sounds like my sweet spot! ? 3mo
RaeLovesToRead @LeahBergen It's a truly excellent character study 😊 3mo
RaeLovesToRead @Bookwomble Hehe, if that's what you're into, you're in for a treat! 😄 3mo
Bookwomble @RaeLovesToRead I find Marvin the Paranoid Android a bit too annoyingly chirpy 🤖😄 3mo
RaeLovesToRead @Bookwomble In that case, get some Radiohead on in the background, light some candles and read some Judith Hearne. If that's still too cheerful, then might I suggest A Little Life, or perhaps Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth. 3mo
Bookwomble @RaeLovesToRead Radiohead? Cheerful! 🎉 (Maybe I'm not as miserable as I make out 😄) 3mo
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Another Book Depository surprise! Is this one from you, @Cathythoughts ? 😊

This pretty little volume is a novella/short story about “a single lady of a certain age” who befriends a woman from the Rescue Home who has fallen into “dubious ways”. Published in four parts in 1914-15 in the Free Church Suffrage Times, this tale has been virtually impossible to find until it was republished by an indie press last year.

Tamra Oh, this looks right up your alley & my curiosity is piqued! What a cover! 5mo
Aimeesue I want those shoes. Not even kidding. 😄 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds intriguing! 5mo
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Cathythoughts It‘s from me Leah .. Happy Christmas and a very Happy New Year friend. X ❤️ 5mo
LeahBergen @Tamra @erzascarletbookgasm I‘m thrilled! 😊 5mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue Right? We need a buttonhook, though. 😉 5mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Thank you so much, Cathy! It looks so good. Happy New Year to you, my friend! 😘😘 5mo
batsy Lovely! Definitely your kind of book ❤️ 5mo
jlhammar What a little beauty! Sounds great. 5mo
Cathythoughts It does look good. I love the boots too @Aimeesue (edited) 5mo
LeahBergen @batsy And perhaps yours, as well. #SpinsterLit 😆 5mo
LeahBergen @jlhammar It‘s so pretty! 5mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Did you see the advertisement on the cover? “No Irish need apply” 😱 5mo
rubyslippersreads I would buy this just for the cover. (I‘d buy the button boots too.) 5mo
Cathythoughts I see it now. That‘s awful, we don‘t like that ! 5mo
Aimeesue @LeahBergen Hmmm. I just may have one of those laying around here somewhere.. . 😋 5mo
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This is the second book of Kawakami's I've read after Heaven, & like the previous one it's existential & profound despite it's calm, stoical surface. In describing in wrenching detail the loneliness of a woman in her thirties, Kawakami resists all kinds of easy moralising. She avoids performing a standard psychological deep-dive. We know the protagonist is living through forms of trauma because of her circumscribed life, but not much more.

batsy It's a painful novel because it's much like life, but written with tenderness & care. This book got under my skin so much that I felt nausea when reading about Fuyoku's drinking, & couldn't sleep well if I read it before bed. And yet it's not a book of total despair or nihilism, as Kawakami gently sketches out a possibility of how even a terminally-alone person can forge connections & find reasons to get out of bed. The ending has a spark of hope. 8mo
batsy One to be filed under #SpinsterLit ! 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm Great review 💙 8mo
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BarbaraBB Great review again. She‘s such a good writer! 8mo
akshat01 How much time you take to read a complete book;) 8mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm @BarbaraBB Thank you! 💜 She is such an interesting writer and I hope there's lots more to come from her. 8mo
Suet624 Gee, to read or not to read. That is the question. 8mo
batsy @Suet624 A tough one to recommend; a pared down writing style and a very lonely subject. 8mo
Centique I‘ve got Breasts and Eggs coming up soon on audio - but I absolutely loved 8mo
Centique Awesome review 🙌 It‘s a good tip not to read it before bed! These are the kind of tips I need 😬 I was going to get House of Leaves from the library but the GR reviews made it sound like it seeped into peoples dreams so I chickened out. I think I can handle despair and dysfunction better…. we shall see. 8mo
batsy Good to know that about Ms Ice Sandwich; I need to read that & Breasts and Eggs, as well! Ooh thanks for mentioning that about House of Leaves. That's something I've had on my TBR for a long time and it's good to know what I'll be getting into 😆 8mo
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Lolly Willowes | Sylvia Townsend Warner
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#AlphabetGame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Letter L

It has to be Lolly for me 🖤 #spinsterlit

Good Behaviour | Molly Keane
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Nothing gets me more than sharp, bleakly funny novels with a gothic tinge charting the psychological chaos that is an aristocratic family slowly going to (financial & psychic) ruin. What's more if it's narrated by an outsider spinster, unloved & ungainly, with minimal awareness or an almost defiant sense of cultivated ignorance. All this wrapped up in a darkly glittering bow of cool, assured prose that discreetly maps the horror of good behaviour.

batsy I had no idea that I was headed for some prime #spinsterlit with this one! I had a vague idea but the way the novel is structured feels so perfect; it's a shame that I've always had it in mind as a kind of minor novel of a family saga when it's obviously a pretty major achievement. I look forward to hearing everyone's thoughts on it. #NYRBBookClub @vivastory 11mo
Graywacke Great review! 11mo
EvieBee Great review and picture! 11mo
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batsy @Graywacke @EvieBee Thank you!! 11mo
BiblioLitten Such a lovely picture🖤❤️ 11mo
batsy @BiblioLitten Thank you! 😘 11mo
BiblioLitten Oh I just noticed the introduction is by Maggie O‘Farrell 😃 11mo
batsy @BiblioLitten I have yet to read her! (It's a good intro; brief but elegant & captures what makes the book good :) 11mo
LeahBergen I‘m about 75% done and loving it! 11mo
Tamra Can‘t wait! Your review has increased my anticipation. 👏🏾 11mo
BooknerdsLife Great review and I love your edition. 👏❤️📚 11mo
AvidReader25 Well that sounds amazing! 11mo
GatheringBooks Halfway through the novel. Love your take on it. Looking forward to a vibrant discussion, as always. :) 11mo
batsy @LeahBergen Yay! It's really quite something, isn't it? 11mo
batsy @Tamra Oh, goodie! I hope you like it 🙂 11mo
batsy @BooknerdsLife Thank you! I love these Virago editions too ❤️ 11mo
batsy @AvidReader25 It's gone under the radar a bit but it really depicts a decaying aristocratic class so well. 11mo
batsy @GatheringBooks Thank you! I'm keen to see what others think of it, too! 11mo
Cathythoughts Great review Suba 👍🏻♥️ we read this a few years ago for Bookclub, I need to reread. 11mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Thanks Cathy 😘 I imagine it's a book that will reward rereading! 11mo
vivastory 👏 👏 👏Fantastic review! I couldn't have said it better! This was a real surprise for me as well & I really look forward to the discussion. Lovely picture! 11mo
batsy @vivastory Thanks so much, Scott! I look forward to the discussion later! 11mo
Suet624 Wow! This sounds fantastic! Great review 😍 11mo
batsy @Suet624 Thank you! I'd love to read more of Keane now that I've read this. 11mo
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Jennifer promised her dying mother that she‘d never leave her father and has spent twelve years as his unpaid secretary and housekeeper. When her father suddenly shows up one day at tea time with a new wife (who‘s younger than Jennifer), she decides she must grab this opportunity to make a life of her own.

I‘m loving this 1931 #SpinsterLit novel (and von Arnim is rapidly becoming one of my new favourite authors)!


Leftcoastzen Love the cover! 12mo
elkeOriginal Love these editions and love a good spinster. Stacked! 12mo
LeahBergen @Leftcoastzen I‘m always pretty impressed by these editions. 👍 12mo
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LeahBergen @elkeOriginal You can‘t beat a good spinster story. 😆 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm These editions are just lovely! 12mo
Cathythoughts Sounds like a good one 👍🏻❤️ 12mo
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm They are! I‘m so glad they decided to publish this series. 12mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I‘m enjoying it! 👍 12mo
batsy Did someone say spinster?! 😆 This sounds great. 12mo
Tamra Such a fabulous cover 😍 12mo
LeahBergen @batsy I was waiting for your comment. 🤣 12mo
LeahBergen @Tamra It is! 12mo
batsy @LeahBergen 😂😂 12mo
kspenmoll Now I must read this! Happy Litsyversary ! 12mo
LeahBergen @kspenmoll Thank you! And I‘m really enjoying this one. 👍 12mo
Karons1 What a beautiful 🤩 edition x 3mo
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