Inspired by my son’s school topic this half term, I am choosing to read a selection of Victorian inspired modern fiction. I’ve read a good selection of the ‘real’ thing although there are always gaps to fill. However, I have chosen to read modern writers’ interpretations of Victorian literature. Even within this selection I am aware there is a potential range of style: some may almost be pastiches, others add alternative voices to the established canon, some look at a familiar subject from an unfamiliar angle. Most of them would probably be viewed as scandalous if published during the reign of ‘ Victoriana’!
I’m forward to fog and furs, crinoline, corsets and the Crimea; a selection of mystery, romance, murder, history and great costume descriptions.
Of course, the stack of books shown is another gratuitous shot of books from my shelves; there’s enough material there to last about six months. I hope I can make some progress.
Enough of this: time to read!
(not shown: collected works of Sarah Waters and Scarlett Thomas, and whatever I can find loaded on my Kindle)