Favourite 20th Century British Classics

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In which I talk about some of my favourite 20th century British classics . . .

August TBR: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9FeYyEa9zw

—Books Mentioned—

Queen Lucia, E.F. Benson: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60079.Queen_Lucia
Lucia in London, E.F. Benson: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/95279.Lucia_in_London

The Magic Toyshop, Angela Carter: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/81026.The_Magic_Toyshop
Love, Angela Carter: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/81022.Love
The Bloody Chamber, Angela Carter: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/276750.The_Bloody_Chamber

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Agatha Christie: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16328.The_Murder_of_Roger_Ackroyd
Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/853510.Murder_on_the_Orient_Express
And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16299.And_Then_There_Were_None

Mariana, Monica Dickens: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/617804.Mariana

Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17899948-rebecca
My Cousin Rachel, Daphne Du Maurier: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18869970-my-cousin-rachel

Howard’s End, E.M. Forster: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18918554-howards-end
Maurice, E.M. Forster: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3103.Maurice

The Woman Novelist and Other Stories, Diana Gardner: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2728106-the-woman-novelist-and-other-stories

Hangover Square, Patrick Hamilton: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/133238.Hangover_Square
The Slaves of Solitude, Patrick Hamilton: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/176964.The_Slaves_of_Solitude

The Go-Between, L.P. Hartley: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/258079.The_Go_Between

Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5470.1984
The Road to Wigan Pier, George Orwell: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30553.The_Road_to_Wigan_Pier

A Dance to the Music of Time, Anthony Powell: https://www.goodreads.com/series/56712-a-dance-to-the-music-of-time

Excellent Women, Barbara Pym: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/178565.Excellent_Women
Quartet in Autumn, Barbara Pym: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/227002.Quartet_in_Autumn

Flare Path, Terence Rattigan: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3641630-flare-path
Love in Idleness, Terence Rattigan: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13236996-love-in-idleness-less-than-kind
The Winslow Boy, Terence Rattigan: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1199082.The_Winslow_Boy
Cause Celebre, Terence Rattigan: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2023611.Cause_Celebre

After Leaving Mr Mackenzie, Jean Rhys: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/144069.After_Leaving_Mr_Mackenzie
Good Morning Midnight, Jean Rhys: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/144073.Good_Morning_Midnight
Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25622780-wide-sargasso-sea

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/73802.The_Prime_of_Miss_Jean_Brodie

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/921359.The_Ragged_Trousered_Philanthropists

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Winifred Watson: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/916856.Miss_Pettigrew_Lives_for_a_Day

A Handful of Dust, Evelyn Waugh: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/827814.A_Handful_of_Dust
Vile Bodies, Evelyn Waugh: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/142492.Vile_Bodies

Kipps, H.G. Wells: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/80950.Kipps

Young Anne, Dorothy Whipple: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39670832-young-anne

The Jeeves and Worcester Books, P.G. Wodehouse: https://www.goodreads.com/series/52643-jeeves

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Comments

Ruben Dario says:

Death of the Heart by Elisabeth Bowen is a superb coming of age story.

Michael Craig McGee says:

I've read probably 9 Orwell books. Well worth the read.

Gail Doughty says:

I can highly recommend Decline and Fall by Waugh. It’s a parody (fun and not ugly) of Nicholas Nickleby and is truly hilarious.
Also consider more E. F. Benson. His ghost stories are true classics and some of the non-Lucia novels are well worth reading.

Whitney Walters says:

Have you tried any Dawn Powell?

Jen the Librarian says:

I’ve never read any Angela Carter, but given how much I really like weird books I feel like I may enjoy her writing ☺️

Thomas Walters says:

I enjoyed the list but there was a surprising omission – Somerset Maugham – I like all his books but particularly his numerous short stories. The other writer which I would recommend is A.J. Cronin. I would be interested in hearing your opinion.

Thomas Walters says:

The film of the "Go Between" with Julie Christie and Alan Bates is great !

The life and times of James says:

Erm. Sold on Angela Carter who I have never heard of. Sounds very unique. Many thanks for the heads up.

SuS Prime says:

I loved Wide Sargasso Sea, go Bertha. I loved Eyelyn Waugh, his library is at the University of Texas, but according to his son's biography, they have not done much with it.

Lisa's stitching and such says:

We share quite a few favourite modern authors 🙂 So I will recommend Jane Gardam to you and I recommend starting with Old Filth. It's a book about "looking back" which I think I've heard you say you like. it's about colonial Britain, WW2 and then society afterwards. But despite the heavy topics it's delightful to read and not a chunker at only 300 pages. By the time you're done you will definitely want to read the next one The Man in the Wooden Hat because it's about his wife and you will have questions.

Leslie GB says:

Thank you Katie – I’ve read Rebecca which I loved and have My Cousin Rachel on my TBR. I love EM Forster and still want to read A Passage to India. I would like to read Barbara Pym and I can’t believe I’ve never read Agatha Christie which I need to do. Have you read any W Somerset Maugham? The Painted Veil was excellent. I recently listened to the audio book narrated by Sophie Ward that I highly recommend. As always I appreciate your booktube recommendations.

Judi Pfancuff says:

I just want to thank you for turning me on to Elizabeth Gaskell. I’ve been reading her books back-to-back. Started with Wives and Daughters, then Cranford and then my favorite so far, North and South. I just love the combination of beautifully drawn characters, humor and progressive social insights. Love her even more than Jane Austen. Can’t believe I’m saying that, but it’s true.

Rainey Day Reads says:

This was fascinating, Katie! I’ve actually never heard of any of HG Wells realist fiction. I also NEED to try Barbara Pym. I always say that but I never do.

Hannah's Books says:

How wonderful! I am especially excited about the new biography of Pym coming out in the spring. Please please do a whole Twentieth Century month (like JA July and Victober). I love that idea and can’t wait to put together a TBR—maybe some Woolf and some Mitford sisters?

Hasika Kankani Thantri says:

Have you read Crime and Punishment? This is my personal belief nothing else, but I believe that Crime and Punishment is in a league of its own in terms of originality, moral message and philosophical ideas. Your favourite books such as Our Mutual Friend, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre etc are not better than Crime and Punishment or any of Dostoevsky's other novels such as The Brothers Karamazov and Demons if you have an unbiased opinion towards them (which you don't unfortunately). In fact I believe that Russian literature itself is way better than Victorian literature because Dickens, Austen and the Brontes wrote novels that follow a story of a traditional plot and has a very basic moral lesson and philosophical ideas. In Crime and Punishment, Raskolnikov, the novel's protagonist, commits murder but does not initially receive his punishment. Filled with guilt and repentence, he learns the true nature of his punishment through the sufferings of his minds, surroundings and loved ones instead of his own wrongdoing. This is again my personal belief, but I believe that the only two writers that rivals Fyodor Dostoevsky are Leo Tolstoy and William Shakespeare with Dickens, Austen and Brontes not being in the same universe as those three in terms of skill. What you do think of my thesis?

gingerladd says:

I LOVE most of those books. Keep reading the Lucia series, you are in for a treat! Can I recommend A Glass of Blessings, by Barbara Pym,

Julie Quick says:

There are quite a few writers here that I need to look for and quite a few that are very dear to me too! Persephone seem to lead me to a lot of lesser known gems, but I recommend you look at the PD James Adam Dalgliesh books. The later ones are extremely well written imo and closer to literary fiction that the average police procedural. Agatha Christie remains my all time fave though in the genre!

Sarah Elbisser says:

Great list, thank you for all your recommandations. There are a lot of authors that I need to get to, especially Barbara Pym. I plan to begin with Excellent Women which seems to be a good choice.

Lara Croft says:

Thank you for making this video. There are some authors here new to me. I love your enthusiasm. I just realized you’re getting close to 15 k subscribers. So happy your channel continues growing.

Lucy Rutherford says:

I've been keen for a while to read more classics from that 30s-60s kind of period so this video is perfect, so many authors to get me started 🙂 The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald is one I really enjoyed, published in 1978 but set in the 50s. I also adore Nancy Mitford and I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith.

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