The result of the latest Classics Club Spin has been revealed today – and I’m pleased with the book I’ll be reading. It wasn’t one I was particularly hoping for, but it’s by an author I love and I think I’m going to enjoy it.
The idea of the Spin was to list twenty books from my Classics Club list, number them 1 to 20, and the number announced today (Friday) represents the book I have to read before 30th April 2018. The number that has been selected is…
And this means the book I need to read is…
Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy
From Goodreads: “Cytherea has taken a position as lady’s maid to the eccentric arch-intriguer Miss Aldclyffe. On discovering that the man she loves, Edward Springrove, is already engaged to his cousin, Cytherea comes under the influence of Miss Aldclyffe’s fascinating, manipulative steward Manston.
Blackmail, murder and romance are among the ingredients of Hardy’s first published novel, and in it he draws blithely on the ‘sensation novel’ perfected by Wilkie Collins. Several perceptive critics praised the author as a novelist with a future when Desperate Remedies appeared anonymously in 1871. In its depiction of country life and insight into psychology and sexuality it already bears the unmistakable imprint of Hardy’s genius.”
Have you read Desperate Remedies? Did you take part in the Classics Spin? What will you be reading?