Monday, June 3, 2013

If you're like most anglophiles, you love coming across a quirky English book. Here is a few of some of the gems I have come by. You may have to dig around on the internet for used copies, but they are sooo worth it!
84 Charing Cross Road by Helen Hanff. A coorespondence between and outspoken New York lady and a gentile book store owner in England, set in the late 40's early 50's.
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. Seventeen-year-old Cassandra and her family, live in not-so-genteel poverty in a ramshackle old English castle. Here she strives, over six turbulent months, to hone her writing skills. She fills three notebooks with sharply funny yet poignant entries. Her journals candidly chronicle the great changes that take place within the castle's walls, and her own first descent into love. By the time she pens her final entry, she has "captured the castle"--and the heart of the reader--in one of literature's most enchanting entertainments.
In Search of England by H. V. Morton.
Currently in its 40th printing with its original publisher in the UK, this is the book that one British newspaper has called "travel writing at its best. Bill Bryson must weep when he reads it." Whether describing ruined gothic arches at Glastonbury or hilarious encounters with the inhabitants of Norfolk, Morton recalls a way of life far from gone even at the beginning of a new century.
My Love Affair With England by Susan Allen Toth. A wonderful American Anglophile's tales of her trips to England and how she came to fall in love with this counry from tea to crumpets.
Twopence to Cross the Mersey
Liverpool Miss
The Waters of Loverpool
Lime Street at Two by Helen Forrester If you buy any book here, buy these four. This is the captivating,heart-wrenching, true story of her childhood growing up poor in Liverpool. I've reread and reread and reread these stories.


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