Authorsjames wolfflynn bushellamari koryangjamie susskindemma rosenedna adan ismailkate nichollsedmund richardsoniggykelly pietrangelijudith summersseth insuajames delargywilfred emmanuel-jonesjudith eaglesherry rankinprofessor iain mccalmanmandy hicksonandy stewart mackaynoble rotjames closeeddie hallprof. catherine wilsontom boydrick ogdenlord richard rogersmike faircloughadele gerasdavid whitemanclaire mcglassondebora robertsonkatie hickmanthe financial timesorlando weekslesley mcdowellarthur mcbainmarcel somervillesophie drapercaroline goodecarolyne faulknerclaire harcupruth rogerstara shermanprof. martyn radycharli howardalyssa warrenelaine bedellalba arikhafrank tuohyrebecca o’connorcamila batmangheldijhwill pearsonchidera eggeruepaul mckennacarys jonessabina brennanrichard davieslife kitchenryan rileysweetpea slightalex bertiedr joanne paulmartin davidsonnigel reedg. j. minettdawn harrisrobert marshallscarlett sangstersusannah constantinemonique charlesworthpatrick floodcath weeksedna o’briensusannah stapletonlynn brittneynaomi devlinsarah langfordolivia williamsgrace timothynatalie livingstoneconrad gamblesaul davidlesley pearsekatherine coopergchqerling kaggevicky newhamandrew zurcherwill francishelen dringjean g goodhindkatja ivarshaun usherjune sarpong mbedame fiona reynoldsjack lowemagdalena dukeheidi perkspeter jukesstephen mcgannmiriam gonzález durántezrob atkinsonceylan scottsian williamsjohn sutherlandanthony warnersara collinsnatasha belltom rhys williamsshelby tuckertorvill and deancolin taylorrupert shorttrobert sellersrobbie savagekaty salterami raopunchtommy pentonjo paveydavid papineauchris palingdeclan murphybeezy marshrhodri marsdenkellie maloneyhayley longrob jovanovicjames hoggjohnny herberttony hannanjonathan gornalllizzie lanehattie garlickcaroline flemingjon dunnbruce dessaukimberley chambersleland carlsonwhitney brownalex brownkevin brennanbrian blessedtom blassiain ballantynekenny macaskille. latimerlisa lueddeckejing-jing leerachel sargeantcarolyn t. hughesruby waxmarsha rowesarah goodwinsue lloyd-robertsjessica fellowesonjali q. raufemma mcquistonlisa thompsonsimon bookermin kymalan friedmancate hastemark thompsonmichael eliaslee robinsone.o. chirovicijacob rees-mogg, mpjoeli brearleypaul gambaccinivm straincharles eugstergabrielle fernielindsay galvinneil woodspeter higginstamsin jollytony wheelerjuliana mouralydia rippervictoria stevensjosh martinmax mosleymavis cheekrebecca welshmancasey bournedavid linleylouise johncoxtom wilkinsontony juniperjamie bartletted burstellcatherine fisherdavid blakeleyjacqueline yallopsir sherard cowper-colesmartin doreygraham mastertonannie grayjanice hadlowjesse normananthony storralan clarksusan greenfieldgus casely-hayfordalex salmondbeth underdownalex scarletthelen donohoedavid youngjames macmanusniki reinsam normanross welfordn.d. gomesdeana puccio and allison haveyabigail marshann haytonlisa eldridgedeeyah khanlisa careygabriel packardelizabeth peyton-jonescatherine barterelizabeth daye r blackbarney campbellrebecca thorntonclare penatej sheekey cook booksteve heaney, mcmark vanhoenackeremily elgarayisha malikjames bannonsir christopher blandcaroline leaelizabeth fullertonjason morgans.e moorheadjeremy hackettkate sundarajem lesterjanet toddjohn bromley-davenportnatasha garnettsarah vincentkate bevandr helen rappaportgill wynessbarney norrisvanessa mankorichard maheradam whiteedward youngjake and victor maymudesspela strukeljdaniel stevensselina millsgaylene gouldberyl kingstonmaxine clarkrevd richard colesbuffalo pictures (doc martin)dr. elizabeth foysteriman verjeebryony gordonj. kent messumrobert elmspoppy campbellcecilia ekbäckmatthew specktorbrian cathcartthe gentle authorpaul conroypeter hainsimon schamageorgie thompsonpaula weidegerdaisy goodwinmichael winnerneal street productionsaoife walshmaria andersonphil hardyamanda prowsekishwar desaisheena byrom obehanna jamesonmichael heppellharriet sergeantcarnival films (downton abbey)sir alistair hornerichard foremanpatricia leroypeter hallsilvena rowelorraine gammanebony mckennamary quantjonathan zittrainsamantha scott-jeffriesderry mooreniall williamswade davisdavid loynkaushy patelrichard charltonglenn haybittlekaren dolbymike dowlingsean ryanmark dawsonlucy lordharry bensonjeanette wintersonphil campionmark rice-oxleyjohn lahutskypeter mooresilver river productionshelen slavinwilliam sitwelljoan smithnorman stonejohn sweeneylaura santtinijames palumboallison pearsonk.a.s quinnsarah ravenjohn rendallgeoffrey robertsonrobert sackville-westroger scrutonjill shaw ruddockjames shepherd-barronsandy nairnepatrick tilleybarney white-spunnerdeborah mattinsonsimon kelnershireen jillakarl millerchristine webbertim ricerobert skidelskysimon kingdavid mclellanrussell millernicholas mosleyphilip normanchris pattensunny jacobs and peter pringleangela huthtony lewisfiona maccarthychristopher martin-jenkinsdouglas hurdhammer filmshenry kamenharriet harvey-woodpeter florencelynda grattonphilip hooksandra howardtony fitzjohnmax hastingsdenis healeymichael heseltineilana foxdavid fraserdavid gentlemanffion haguewilliam haguedavid faberm.r.d. footchristopher bellamyalex chanceterry colemanchristopher duffyroland vernone b peirsemark diaconocharlie ellingworthneal aschersonpaddy ashdowndavid daviesleander deenymaureen lindleyxanthe claymatthew d’anconafrancis cottamhugh cornwellnick westonpaul burkejonathan franklinbrian moynahangeorge obamapauline prescottglyn prysoralec russellevgenia citkowitzlord (sebastian) coeadrian fortrosie boycottemma caldercaroline charlespattie boydjimmy burnspatrick bishopbear gryllsalan philpsmarius brillpeter bowles
Broadcastersiggygemma milnecaroline goodechidera eggeruesabina brennanmartin davidsonkatherine cooperwill francisshaun usherjack lowecaroline flemingiain ballantyneruby waxemma mcquistonmatthew lorenzohannah critchlowsteven lambtom wilkinsontony juniperdavid linleyjamie bartletted burstellsir sherard cowper-colesmartin doreytwiggy lawsonronnie murraydr ayan panjavalentine warnercarla buzasisusie orbachjanet reibsteinsusan greenfielddr. harry clifftim atkingus casely-hayforddeana puccio and allison haveylisa eldridgedr helen rappaportrevd richard colesjeanette wintersonphil campionpeter moorewilliam sitwelljohn rendallallison pearsonsandra howardphilip hookmax hastingsmark diaconopaddy ashdownnick weston
Journalistsrossalyn warrenscarlett sangstersusannah constantinenaomi devlinolivia williamserling kaggewill francispeter jukesstephen mcgannmiriam gonzález durántezrob atkinsonsian williamsanthony warnertom rhys williamscolin taylorrupert shorttrobert sellerskaty salterdavid papineauchris palingbeezy marshhayley longtony hannanjonathan gornallhattie garlickcaroline flemingjon dunnbruce dessaualex brownkevin brennanbrian blessedtom blassiain ballantynejessica fellowesonjali q. raufmin kymlee robinsongabrielle fernieneil woodstony juniperjacqueline yallopmartin doreyannie graytim atkinjames macmanushelen donohoedeeyah khanelizabeth peyton-jonesbarney campbellsteve heaney, mcelizabeth fullertonjason morganjeremy hackettbarney norrisrevd richard colesbuffalo pictures (doc martin)brian cathcartsimon schamapaul conroyneal street productionsharriet sergeantmichael heppellcarnival films (downton abbey)patricia leroyrichard foremankaushy patelrichard charltondavid loynglenn haybittlekaren dolbymike dowlingsean ryanlucy lordmark dawsonharry bensonphil campionmark rice-oxleyjohn lahutskypeter mooree b peirseroland vernonmark diaconojonathan franklinnick westonpauline prescottglyn prysorbrian moynahanalec russellgeorge obamaadrian fortalan philpspatrick bishopjimmy burns
Estatesjosephine hartdesiree hamersley/meylerhelen macinnesmolly lefeburerichard hullsue lloyd-robertsgeorgina howelljosephine johnsonanthony masterseric amblermichael innesjohn creaseyh. m. tomlinsongeorge bellairsgabriel fieldingjohn b. sanfordlettice cooperdenis mackailmazo de la rochegeorges simenonr.c. hutchinsonjean saundersdennis wheatleyleonard gribblealistair mairraymond postgatenora barloww. bridges adamsrobin jenkinshammond innesv. s. pritchettjane aiken hodgeclifford baxmargery allinghamphyllis bentleyedmund crispinmarcel boulestinnicolas freelingann bridgemartin armstrongkenneth allsopclement freuderic linklatermonica dickensevelyn prentisrebecca westfrank o’connorgavin lyallhilaire bellocivy compton-burnette. m. forstermargaret irwinmargery sharpmarie vassiltchikovedith sitwellmervyn peakecatherine storrarthur koestlerh. r. f. keatingc. s. foresterbernice rubensc. day lewis/nicholas blakecolin clark
Booksbeside the syrian seaanna (one love, two stories)the glass houseremember meschopenhauer’s porcupineson a scale of 1 to 10he is mine and i have no otherdrug warstwelve nightswhat a time to be alone: the slumflower’s guide to why you are already enoughcristiano and leo: the race to become the greatest football player of all timeike and kayproject me for busy mothers: a practical guide to finding a happier balanceturning for homeremember this when you’re sadhow to be human: the manualmum face: the memoir of a woman who gained a baby and lost her sh*tturn a blind eyethe witchfinder’s sister paperbackthe light jarwhere we are: the state of britain nowa maigret christmashow to stay alive: the ultimate survival guide for any situationthe perfect neighboursair force bluea darker stateanything for herlife of crimethe panther in my kitchen: my wild life with animalsthe panther in my kitchen: my wild life with animalsstrongman: my storyorchid summervictoria & albert: a royal love affaira place for all people: life, architecture and the fair societyriver café 30belonging: the story of the jews 1492–1900how hard can it be?anassaa cure for solitudea shiver of snow and skynot the only skya dog called hope: the wounded warrior and the dog who dared to love hima wartime friendred glory: manchester united and methe modern kitchen: objects that changed the way we cook, eat and livedoing it: let’s talk about sex…misfitwallsthe good web guide to the home: the simple way to explore the internetmaking the most of storagehome decorator’s biblegifts from the garden: 100 gorgeous homegrown presentsthe house at bishopsgatetravels with a mexican circuscourtesansdreams of the peaceful dragon: journey into bhutandaughters of britannia: the lives and times of diplomatic wivesthe aviary gatethe pindar diamondsilence: in the age of noisethe life of a song: the fascinating stories behind 50 of the world’s best-loved songsa very british christmasthe grittermanbig pig, little pig: a tale of two pigs in franceblackbirdthe 1,000-year-old boyflesh & blooddr marcel’s little book of big lovethe signs: decode the stars, reframe your lifetrans mission: my quest to a beardthe partythe tormentorsdeath of a tin godcorpse at the carnivaldeath treads softlythe cursing stones murderhalf-mast for the deemsterdeath in dark glassesthe consequence of lovefirst confession: a sort of memoirthe dog guardianmusewalking on icemajor/minorsoonthe strange and deadly portraits of bryony graydon’t forget meoperation relentless: the hunt for the richest, deadliest criminal in historythe ice saintsletty foxkids
“Her dialogue is brilliant, uncannily true. Her taste is excellent; she is an excellent storyteller.” — Elizabeth Bowen
This blog was created for the purpose of acquainting a wider audience, perhaps a fresh crop of readers, with the delightful novels of Margery Sharp.
Now, as of April 12, 2016, I can make the happy announcement that ten of these novels are available in ebook format! Margery’s novels will live on in a new, exciting way for a new batch of readers, thanks to Open Road Media. Click here for a listing from their website as to the ten novels now available. These are quality productions, with beautiful cover art, a very readable font, and best of all? Ten of Margery’s novels can be in your hands almost instantly now! (see * below)
Each of the novels is also discussed on this website, and can be found by clicking Bibliography on the menu.
Margery Sharp is, of course, best known for her books for children–the popular Rescuers series. These stories began appearing in the 1960’s. Yet she began writing novels as early as the 1920’s. Many novels, short stories and plays later, her last full length novel was published in 1977. (A final book in the Rescuers series was published in 1978.)
In addition to “a wry and lovely humor” as described by one reviewer, “a scrupulous sense of order and an unashamed love of the human race” emerge in this diverse collection of novels.
As to the Bibliography page, I have been working on producing fresh material for the website, so not every book is listed, yet.
The top menu will take you to the reviews of the books as they are completed, as well as additional goodies that are related to Margery Sharp and her world.
With all the interest in recent years for book to movie adaptations from the classics, or serialized period dramas, it is rather amazing that the tremendous riches in character and story of Ms. Sharp’s works have not yet been mined.
‘It is as natural for Miss Sharp to be witty as for a brook trout to have spots.’
–The Saturday Review, 1946
While her literary output is generally considered light, even comic fiction, she wrote from a unique perspective and time in history. Her insights into human nature and frailty were often breathtakingly brilliant. The moral, physical, and social landscape of Britain during the post WWI era continues to fascinate audiences today.
In the year 2000 I started this web project, with a very simple Geocities website on yahoo. In the ensuing years, there have been a few facelifts and edits to the website, and a few years where I was unable to work on it at all. Since beginning, the book blogging world has grown beautifully! I have come in contact with many admirers of Margery Sharp’s work. It has been fun and rewarding, and one thing is clear: this is not an author that should be ‘out of print’. Now that is changing.
I hope you will find this to be a useful resource in your discovery of Margery Sharp’s writing. If so, please provide a link back to the website so others can find it.
Please contact me with any questions, or just say hello and share your favorite Margery book. Thank you for visiting!
(*Note: this is a non-profit website. Completely and utterly–just ask my husband. He has resigned himself quite cheerfully to the fact that I can’t seem to ‘monetize’ anything. And there are no affiliate links placed here by me, as I’m sure I wouldn’t know how to do one; WP, though, has this figured out nicely, so you might see some of their stuff. This blog just represents an enthusiasm. So enjoy!)