Gearing up for #1951reading club


Karen of Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings and Simon at Stuck-in-a-Book are once again delving into books from the past with a 1951 Club reading week starting next week. This follows on from their 1924, 1938 and 1947 clubs.

Looking through my stack of books I found three that were published in 1951:

The End of the Affair by Graham Greene: This is fourth – and last – of Greene’s novels that have an overtly Roman Catholic dimension. Set in Clapham during the blitz (before the war, Greene owned a house in Clapham), it’s a story of adultery. It comes with a strong theme about guilt and jealousy. It’s one of my favourite Greene novels.

A Game of Hide and Seek by Elizabeth Taylor: I can thank many bloggers for introducing me to Elizabeth Taylor. My first experience of her work – A Wreath of Roses – didn’t inspire me but I was persuaded to give her another chance so I ended up buying a number of her titles secondhand.  A Game of Hide and Seek is one of them. It’s her fifth novel and, like The End of the Affair, features a triangular relationship. Taylor’s themes may be slightly less grand than Greene’s but she is no less insightful in depiction of human behaviour.

The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey: A rather unusual historical crime story in which a Detective Inspector with Scotland Yard lies in a hospital bed and reviews evidence that makes King Richard III murderer. Did he really order the deaths of the Princes in the Tower or is that a myth along with his withered arm and hunchback?

Three good options here I think. Since I’ve already read The End of the Affair I’ll likely go for the titles that will be less familiar. The Tey novel beckons to me most right now and will be a perfect pairing with the final episode in the Hollow Crown BBC series. It will be interesting to compare Shakespeare’s version of Richard III with the one in Tey’s novel.



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What do you need to know about me? 1. I'm from Wales which is one of the countries in the UK and must never be confused with England. 2. My life has always revolved around the written and spoken word. I worked as a journalist for nine years then in international corporate communications 3. My tastes in books are eclectic. I love realism and hate science fiction and science fantasy. 4. I am trying to broaden my reading horizons geographically by reading more books in translation

Posted on April 9, 2017, in Bookends and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. I have also read and enjoyed The End of the Affair. I’m intrigued by The Daughter of Time, but discover it’s already on my Goodreads TBR shelf!

  2. Great choices! I’m reading a novel by Robertson Davies, which is entertaining in its own way, but I was hankering after a reread of that Elizabeth Taylor. Are you reading more than one for the event as you’ve found such nice skinny choices?

  3. piningforthewest

    I haven’t read The End of the Affair but the film is very good, I enjoyed the other two books though.

  4. It would be good to hear your thoughts on The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey, as it does sound like something I’d enjoy 🙂

  5. You just reminded me of a book I totally loved when I was a teenager – The Daughter of Time. I totally loved it. Be really interesting to revisit it 25 years later!

  6. *chuckle* I’m looking for light things to read at bedtime while I work my way through Finnegans Wake so I browsed my TBR for choose something not-quite-so-demanding for this 1951 Club…
    What do I have? Lo! Would you believe Beckett’s Molloy?! Can I read two hyper-challenging Irishmen at once? Am I crazy enough??

  7. I’ve read two of the three: the End of The Affair was too romancey for me but I really liked the Elizabeth Taylor

  8. I was very struck by The Daughter of Time when I was in my teens and thought it was very accurate historically, which is a mistake. But, as long as you take it for entertainment value, it is a good read – the classic Cold Case.

    • It’s motivated me to want to read more for myself about the period. I want to check whether Tey’s ‘facts’ are actually facts…..- Sharon Penman’s Sonne in Splendour is a good fictional account if you like the period

  9. Yay for Elizabeth Taylor! I haven’t picked up one of her books for ages but she’s always good for comfort-reading, I reckon.

  10. All three of those would be re-reads for me – and I must admit that The Daughter of Time is calling! 🙂

    • It’s a curious book – can’t say the style is wonderful ( a bit too much exposition) but the premise is a good one and it’skeeping me reading……

  11. I hope to read End of the Affair this year. Like you, I enjoy good books, whenever they were first published.

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