Middlebrow Syllabus #22–The Hollow by Agatha Christie (1946)

Invited to The Hollow for lunch, Hercule Poirot is extremely irritated to find that his host has arranged a melodrama to greet him with. A man lies at the edge of the pool, red paint drips gently into the water. A woman stands over him with a gun in her hand. Several others stand on …

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Death of an Author by E. C. R. Lorac (1935)

Eleanor Clarke has occasionally, and at the insistence of her employer, the reclusive author Vivian Lestrange, impersonated him in public. So when she reports his possible disappearance to the police, they are somewhat sceptical. Inspector Bond thinks Eleanor is the author, and she’s trying to drum up publicity—and make him look like a mug while …

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Middlebrow Syllabus #25–Alice by Elizabeth Eliot (1949)

This is the story of Margaret and her best friend Alice and their journey into an adult world that they are ill equipped for. I was so surprised by Eliot’s writing. The only way I can describe it is that it is very spare. There is no vivid detail, the characters are never fully fleshed …

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Middlebrow Syllabus Reading Challenge

I been thinking for some time that I’d like to do a reading challenge in 2023. The problem was trying to settle on what to do…until I found the ultimate challenge on the Furrowed Middlebrow blog. British fiction written in the first half of the 20th century is what I gravitate towards. And in addition …

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