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Books for an Austen-Loving Doyle Fan

Books for an Austen-Loving Doyle Fan

By Miss Marm

There's nothing more fun than recommending books, except perhaps recommending books while eating cheese fries. So I was delighted to get this email:

My name is Jess and I was recently reading a blog you posted about someone's thesis on the Crucible. I then clicked around on a few links and noticed you can recommend books, which i find always fun. So could you please recommend a few for me?

I'll give you a little description about myself so you don't feel at a loss.

I live in Australia and am currently completing year 12, which i would like to achieve good grades, to enter my preferred University course.

I study english literature at school, this year we have studied Gwen Harwood poetry, Atonement by Ian McEwan, Stasiland by Anna Funder, After the Quake by Haruki Murakami and Hamlet by William Shakespeare. I have really enjoyed studying, however am looking for something easier to read, that i can feel relax reading.

i often find pleasure re-reading Jane Austen or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

thank you for your time.

Thank YOU for requesting book recommendations! Austen and Doyle, you say? GOT IT. Here's what I suggest, based on your favorites:

Charlotte Brontë: If you like Jane Austen, you like strong-willed protagonists and stories about money and class. Jane Eyre has those in spades, plus brooding sexpot Mr. Rochester.

Helen Fielding: Fielding is often dismissed, wrongly, as a chick lit fluff-brain. In fact, she's an incisive comedic genius who will make you LOL on the subway. Bridget Jones's Diary is one of those books I read and reread and never get sick of.

Ruth Rendell: Rendell plots out her mysteries like a great trashy novelist, but she writes prose like an MFA professor. Jump right in with a Chief Inspector Wexford novel.

Dorothy L. Sayers: Her mysteries are top-notch, but the real pleasure of Sayers' books is the funny, thoughtful, learned characters, especially Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. Start with Whose Body? and go from there. One caveat: like many writers of her day, Sayers was clueless about people of color, Jewish people, and poor people. There are moments of anti-Semitism and racism in her work that will make you wince. If you can race past them, though, your reward will be a series of entertaining and feminist books.

What would you recommend to a fan of Austen and Doyle?

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Topics: jane eyre, jane austen, sir arthur conan doyle, bridget jones's diary, dorothy l. sayers, ruth rendell, book recommendations

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