Classics Club Spin #17: The result

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?

35 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin #17: The result

  1. whatcathyreadnext says:

    I’m pretty sure this is a Thomas Hardy I haven’t read – the description certainly doesn’t sound familiar – so I’ll be interested to find out what you think. I got The Crowded Street by Winifred Holtby and I’m pretty pleased with that as I’ve enjoyed several of her novels, including South Riding, and I’ve long been interested in her friendship with Vera Brittain.

    • Helen says:

      The Crowded Street is great! I read it earlier this year and loved it. I could see the influence of Vera Brittain on the story and characters.

  2. Yvonne says:

    I’ve enjoyed some of Thomas Hardy’s books but I’ve not heard of this one. I hope you enjoy it. I’m reading Shirley by Charlotte Bronte.

  3. cirtnecce says:

    My mother was a Thomas Hardy devotee and she always said this book, was very different from other Hardy’s works and therefore even more unique! I have her copy some where and based on what you make of it, may get to it sooner than later!

    • Helen says:

      Yes, it does sound very different from Hardy’s other books, more like something by Wilkie Collins. I’m looking forward to reading it and I hope you will try it one day too!

  4. Margaret says:

    I haven’t read this one. It does sound different from his other novels – I hope you enjoy it. My Spin book is Little Dorrit – I’m hoping it will surprise me as I didn’t like the BBC version a few years ago.

    • Helen says:

      This one does seem very different, but I like the sound of it and am looking forward to reading it. I couldn’t get into the BBC series of Little Dorrit, so I hope the book is better!

  5. FictionFan says:

    I haven’t read this one – or heard of it, in fact! – but I do like Thomas Hardy and think it will be intriguing to see how he started out. Hope you enjoy it! I shall be reading Gone with the Wind – fiddle-dee-dee!

    • Helen says:

      I love Gone with the Wind so I would see that as a good result, but I can understand why you didn’t want to get such a long book! I’m really looking forward to reading Desperate Remedies and curious to see what it’s like, as it sounds so different from his other books.

    • Helen says:

      Thanks. It seems to be one of his least well known books, but I’m intrigued by it because it was his first book and sounds so different from his others.

  6. piningforthewest says:

    This is one of the few books by Hardy that I haven’t read, so I’ll be very interested to read what you think of it.

    • Helen says:

      I’ve read about half of Hardy’s books, I think, and am working through the lesser known ones now. I’m looking forward to seeing what this one is like as it was his first published book.

  7. Lark says:

    That’s a lucky spin! I haven’t read this one, but I’d like to. I should spend a month this summer just reading Thomas Hardy! 🙂

  8. cleopatralovesbooks says:

    Well you have a great sounding book although I wasn’t even aware of this book before you mentioned it – it sounds as though it is written in a similar vein to my number three, Lady Audley’s Secret.

  9. Karen K. says:

    I haven’t read Desperate Remedies but it does sound like fun, I love Victorian sensation novels. I had two novels by Hardy on my spin list (Under the Greenwood Tree and A Pair of Blue Eyes) but I didn’t get either of them. My pick is One Fine Day by Mollie Panter-Downes, I’m very happy with it.

    • Helen says:

      I love sensation novels too and it’s been a while since I read one so I’m looking forward to Desperate Remedies. One Fine Day is a good result! I enjoyed Good Evening, Mrs Craven and would like to read more by Mollie Panter-Downes.

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