#1936Club – Some previous reads

Starting on Monday, Karen and Simon are hosting another of their clubs where we all read and write about books published in a certain year; this time the year is 1936, which appears to have been a particularly wonderful year for publishing! I have just finished reading my first book for the club and normally at the end of my review I would include a list of other books from that year previously reviewed on my blog. Usually I have read maybe three or four books from the year in question, but for 1936 the list is so long I decided it really needs a post all to itself! I thought I would post this a few days in advance in case anyone is still looking for inspiration.


First of all, a real gem reissued by Dean Street Press which I read and loved in February:

Good by Stealth by Henrietta Clandon

Next, some more classic crime:

The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
The Ghost It Was by Richard Hull
A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey
The Santa Klaus Murder by Mavis Doriel Hay

Some fun with the Scarlet Pimpernel:

Sir Percy Leads the Band by Baroness Orczy

Three great books by authors I love:

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier
The Talisman Ring by Georgette Heyer
South Riding by Winifred Holtby

The book which inspired The Lady Vanishes:

The Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White

Two books by Marjorie Bowen published under different pseudonyms:

Night’s Dark Secrets by Joseph Shearing
The Poisoners by George Preedy

And Margery Allingham, also writing under a pseudonym:

The Devil and Her Son by Maxwell March

An interesting insight into 1930s life:

Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Also read before I started blogging:

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild


Have you read any of these? What are your favourite 1936 books?

32 thoughts on “#1936Club – Some previous reads

  1. Liz Dexter says:

    I’m doing a different book, but I have read quite a few of these and will need to link to my reviews. I’m thinking of re-reading Aspidistra if I’ve got time!

  2. Lory says:

    Whoa, what a year! Jamaica Inn, South Riding, AND The Talisman Ring? Plus Ballet Shoes? Those are the ones I’ve read, and they’re favorites of mine too. This is going to be an interesting week.

  3. Cyberkitten says:

    Interesting idea. How are the years chosen? I was SO happy when they started to republish the British Library Classic Crime series. Only read one of them (so far) but I’ve been collecting them for a while. The 30’s and 40’s were a great time for crime novels.

    • Helen says:

      Karen and Simon choose the year, but sometimes ask for suggestions. Yes, the BLCC series is great! I haven’t read many of them either, but have enjoyed most of the ones I have read.

  4. Lark says:

    That is a lot of good books! I’m a fan of the Christie and the Hay mysteries. I think Gone With the Wind and The Story of Ferdinand were also published in 1936; and I like both of those books, too. 🙂

  5. BookerTalk says:

    this was such a rich year for literature. I’m reading a G K Chesterton book for this year but have read in the past, Jamaica Inn, South Riding, Keep the Aspidistra Flying and Ballet Shoes

  6. kaggsysbookishramblings says:

    Basically, it’s usually a year which Simon and I think will be interesting, although we sometimes put it out to vote. But generally it’s a year between 1920 and the 1970s – a period we’re both fond of!

  7. Calmgrove says:

    I’ve a couple of books already on the go so I’m only going to read a short story published in 1936, H P Lovecraft’s final fiction ‘The Hunter of the Dark’. But it’s interesting to see so many other famous titles published around then — a plethora of Christie mysteries, Jamaica Inn, Gone With the Wind — quite apart from the works you mention.

    • Helen says:

      I’m glad that you’ve still found a way to join in! Yes, 1936 seems to have been a particularly impressive year, with lots of books that have ended up as classics.

  8. Shankar Subramanian says:

    This is really Smorgasbord! Thanks for sharing this treasure trove of this vintage year ! Hope I can read all of these …

  9. Constance says:

    Ballet Shoes, Talisman Ring, and Jamaica Inn are definitely my 1936 favorites. I read Cards on the Table this week which I didn’t think I had read but came back to me once I had started. I like Gone With the Wind too. I’ve always meant to read South Riding; somehow I missed that it had been published in 1936 or I might have read that this month. I definitely don’t have time now!

    • Helen says:

      I am in the middle of Christie’s Murder in Mesopotamia at the moment, which was also published in 1936 – I was torn between that one and Cards on the Table. South Riding is a great book; I think you would enjoy it.

  10. Jo says:

    It wasn’t until I saw this post that I realised how many books were published and that I had read more than one! Not sure I will have time to read a book for this week, should have been more organised. I might see what my mum has on her shelf that I haven’t read.

    • Helen says:

      I was surprised to see how many 1936 books I’d already read! For most of the club years I’ve only read a handful. I hope you’re able to join in.

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