Classics Club Spin #24: The Result

The result of the latest Classics Club Spin has been revealed today.

The idea of the Spin was to list twenty books from my Classics Club list, number them 1 to 20, and the number announced by the Classics Club represents the book I have to read before 30th September 2020. The number that has been selected is…


And this means the book I need to read is…

The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson

Originally serialized in a periodical of boys’ adventure fiction, The Black Arrow is a swashbuckling portrait of a young man’s journey to discover the heroism within himself. Young Dick Shelton, caught in the midst of England’s War of the Roses, finds his loyalties torn between the guardian who will ultimately betray him and the leader of a secret fellowship, The Black Arrow. As Shelton is drawn deeper into this conspiracy, he must distinguish friend from foe and confront war, shipwreck, revenge, murder, and forbidden love, as England’s crown threatens to topple around him.


This wasn’t one that I was particularly hoping for from my list, but I’m happy enough with the result. If you’ve read it, let me know what you thought.

33 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin #24: The Result

  1. Fariba says:

    I’ve wanted to read this book since middle school! I couldn’t read it at that age because the language was too old times-y for me and the history went way over my head. But I remember being blown away by what I did understand. I hope it’s a wonderful experience!

    • Helen says:

      Yes, I love Stevenson’s writing and have enjoyed some of his other books, particularly The Master of Ballantrae. I’m looking forward to starting this one!

  2. jessicabookworm says:

    Helen, I don’t know this one, but it sounds like it could be fun! My result was Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, which I am very happy about. Happy reading! 😃

  3. Calmgrove says:

    I didn’t officially list my books for this spin, but I estimate that the eighteenth title in order on my unread Club listing is The Castle of Otranto which I’d intended to read pretty soon anyway — so Horace Walpole it is! 🙂

      • Calmgrove says:

        I meant to comment about your spin choice but got distracted and pressed send before I thought about it, sorry. Aged about thirteen I skim read The Black Arrow but can remember precious little about it, so look forward to your review to see if it’s worth a proper revisit!

  4. Alyson Woodhouse says:

    I don’t know this particular Stevenson, but he is usually fun, and as it is about one of your favorite periods of history, I’m sure you will enjoy it.

    • Helen says:

      I didn’t get very far with Kidnapped, but I think it might have been the wrong book at the wrong time and I will probably try it again. I’ve enjoyed a few of his others though, so I’m happy with this result!

  5. elainethomp says:

    I read it as a teen and enjoyed it at the time. Don’t remember much about it now. I’ll be waiting for your reactions.

    • Helen says:

      I missed out on this as a teenager, so I’m hoping it’s the sort of book that can be enjoyed by adults too. I’m looking forward to starting it.

  6. piningforthewest says:

    I also have this one on my list and wish I had put it at the same number as you so we could have compared notes. I did try reading it before and didn’t get on with it at all!

    • Helen says:

      That’s a shame – it would have been interesting to have compared our thoughts. I have had mixed experiences with Stevenson so far; I didn’t get on with Kidnapped, but enjoyed The Master of Ballantrae and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

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