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Sarah Bartlett Churchwell is a professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities at the University of London, UK. Her expertise is in 20th- and 21st-century fiction.
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Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Winifred Watson - 2008-04-01 (first published in 1938)
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Miss Pettigrew, an approaching-middle-age governess, was accustomed to a household of unruly English children. When her employment agency sends her to the wrong address, her life takes an unexpected turn. The alluring nightclub singer, Delysia LaFosse, becomes her new employer, and Miss Pettigrew encounters a kind of glamour that she had only met b...
Sarah Churchwell
@chiggi @georgettedaily @johnmitchinson @PhilipHensher Oh what a treat you have in store! Truly you must read it at once. Miss Pettigrew is just divine, my favorite book about female friendship by a country mile, wonderfully funny and kind.      source
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A Countess Below Stairs
Eva Ibbotson - 2007-05-10 (first published in 1981)
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After the Russian revolution turns her world topsy-turvy, Anna, a young Russian Countess, has no choice but to flee to England. Penniless, Anna hides her aristocratic background and takes a job as servant in the household of the esteemed Westerholme family, armed only with an outdated housekeeping manual and sheer determination. Desperate to keep h...
Sarah Churchwell
@AmandaPCraig Thanks to the splendid @mrstrefusis I have belatedly been initiated into the joys of Eva Tibbotson and loved, loved, loved The Secret Countess. If only my teenaged self could have read that book. Thank you for your intro. Which next, please? xx      source
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The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald - 2021-01-01 (first published in 1925)
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Here is a novel, glamorous, ironical, compassionate – a marvelous fusion into unity of the curious incongruities of the life of the period – which reveals a hero like no other – one who could live at no other time and in no other place. But he will live as a character, we surmise, as long as the memory of any reader lasts.It is the story of this Ja...
Sarah Churchwell
@robinince @Janeannie Thank you, and doesn’t it just. - I can definitely recommend re-re-re-re-re-reading etc. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve read it and I still find new phrases. Astonishing that such a short book can contain such multitudes.      source