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How to read your way out of a crisis

Charlotte Higgins, The Guardian‘s chief arts writer* picks her comfort reads.

* author too of the new Latin Love Lessons: Put a Little Ovid in Your Life

6 Responses

  1. My comfort reads are the Williamsburg novels by Elswyth Thane. They take a Virginia family (along with the British relations) from the colonial era to the early days of World War II. I first read these while a young teen. Fearing the local library would discard them, about ten years ago I purchased the reprints. When we bought our cottage on Kootenay Lake two years ago, I bought a second set of reprints to keep in that house. I reread the series every year, always at a time when I find I just need to totally take myself away mentally from whatever is going on in my life. There are a number of books I reread on a regular basis of more lilterary quality, but I find the Williamsburg series is the best for a sustained escape.

    Elaine in Montana

  2. These are completely new to me, Elaine, thank you! And you’re completely right about “a sustained escape” — there’s something about a series or a number of books in a similar style by the same writer (such as Austen and Mitford). Otherwise it’s like eating only one chocolate or potato chip, and where on earth is the comfort in that?

    I’ll have to search out Elswyth Thane as soon as I can…

  3. Don’t expect quality writing……and the language is definitely dated in terms of racial sensitivity. Oh, my gosh. Is it ever dated! But Thane tells a good story.


  4. I love getting these recommendations – i have never read Mitord or Than or Buchan. On to comfort reading. I’m currently reading Wartime Women, an anthology of Mass Observation writing from WWI, really interesting, and perhaps something for your history gang.

  5. Still digesting that…

    I do wish, however, that people could find smaller, independent book sites to link to in articles.

  6. mary lou, Mitford and Buchan are great fun, and of course perfect for a crisis what with that underlying stiff upper lip. When we were in NYC in November we took the kids to see a spiffy new Broadway production of “The 39 Steps”.

    MamaShift, I don’t know if The Guardian’s ideas are similar to my own, but as I note on my “About” page, most of my links are to Amazon.com, rather than any Canadian online seller (including Amazon.ca) or independent sellers, not because I think Amazon is the best purveyor but because it has the most complete and informative website.

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