I must apologise. I wrote this post a few days ago and then completely forgot to schedule it. Work was frantic today then I had a leaving dinner for a colleague then came home to statistics drama (don’t ask!) so only remembered about this post just now.
Nonetheless it is still Tuesday… Just, which means I get to make a list! That Artsy Reader Girl’s Top Ten Tuesdays lists give me an excuse to make a list each week.
I feel like this week’s list was made for me as I read a lot of lesser known authors.
I loved this book so much when I read it. I read it for the first time a couple of years ago and I’ve read it several times since. It’s a great family story about four sisters getting a new Stepmother and it only has 48 ratings on Goodreads
Little G by E. M. Channon
This is another potential comfort read about a grumpy professor who is charmed against his will by the children next door and the young woman who helps to look after them. This was re-published a few years ago by Margin notes books and has since sadly gone back out of print. Impressively it doesn’t even seem to have an entry on Goodreads.
A Chelsea Concerto by Frances Faviell
I fell in love with this book. Every so often a book comes along that you literally cannot put down. For me this Memoir of life in Chelsea during the blitz and it’s sequel (which was actually written earlier) The Dancing Bear about life in Berlin just after the war were truly un-put-down-able. I am so glad they were re-published by Furrowed Middlebrow and Dean Street Press but I think it’s such a shame that both of these have less than a hundred ratings on Goodreads each.
Underfoot in Show Business by Helene Hanff
I’ll admit 84 Charing Cross Road (and its sequel the Duchess of Bloomsbury Street) are my favourites of Hanff’s work, but this is a humorous gem too about Hanff’s earlier working years. With 511 Goodreads ratings it’s clearer a lot less well known than some of her other works.
The Exiles by Hilary McKay
I loved this hilarious trio of books about four sisters when I was younger. I re-read this a few years ago in a fit of nostalgia and was still laughing out loud. Can’t believe this only has 850 Goodreads ratings, were Hilary McKay books not a part of everyone’s childhood?
The First Violin by Jessie Fothergill
I can’t even remember how I stumbled across this 1877 novel but I really loved this tale of an English girl who travels to Germany and falls in love with a mysterious German man. I can’t remember how I came upon this but I can’t believe it’s so little known these days and has only 75 Goodreads ratings… It deserves more.
I’m not normally a fan of books involving infidelity but I loved this story. It’s also set in Vienna before the first World War so I was probably always going to adore this.
Gerald by Daphne Du Maurier
This biography of Gerald Du Maurier is rather interesting. Whether because Gerald seemed like an interesting character, because it was a biography written by his daughter or because his daughter was Daphne du Maurier, most likely a combination of all three but regardless this was an interesting read that somehow has only 77 ratings.
This is another Furrowed Middlebrow reprint that I recently enjoyed about a week in the life of a Vicar’s wife in 1940. I think Peck definitely counts as a forgotten female author with just 86 ratings on Goodreads.
My recent introduction to Spark via this book sent me scurrying to find more of her work, but this is clearly not one of her more well known novels with only 547 ratings.
Some books that I wrongly thought might be under 2,000 ratings…
Deathless by Cathrynne M Valente- 2097 ratings
Flush: A Biography by Virginia Woolf- 4130 ratings
The School At the Chalet by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer- 3471 ratings
Come Tell Me How You Live by Agatha Christie Mallowan- 2535 ratings
Graveyard Shift by Angela Roquet- 6568 ratings