Classics Club Spin #32: The Result

The result of the latest Classics Club Spin was 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 29th January 2023. The number that has been selected is…


And this means the book I need to read is…

Wild Strawberries by Angela Thirkell

Pretty, impecunious Mary Preston, newly arrived as a guest of her Aunt Agnes at the magnificent wooded estate of Rushwater, falls head over heels for handsome playboy David Leslie. Meanwhile, Agnes and her mother, the eccentric matriarch Lady Emily, have hopes of a different, more suitable match for Mary. At the lavish Rushwater dance party, her future happiness hangs in the balance.


This is not one I was particularly hoping for, but I’m happy enough with that result. I liked but didn’t love the first book in this series, High Rising, and was assured that some of the later books are better, so I’m looking forward to continuing with them.

Have you read this? What did you think of it? And if you took part in the Spin which book did you get?

15 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin #32: The Result

  1. FictionFan says:

    I haven’t read any Thirkell, but WhatMeRead’s read-through of her Barsetshire books in order always make them sound very tempting! I hope you enjoy this one more than your first!

    • Helen says:

      Yes, I had been hoping to take part in Whatmeread’s readalong, but only managed the first book. Never mind – I’m looking forward to finally continuing with the second one!

  2. CLM (@ConMartin) says:

    I like Thirkell and pretty much read every book one summer after university but usually can’t remember the plot unless I am reading it. Some are definitely better than others and there are certain characters one is pleased to see and others that one groans when they appear. But I liked them enough to collect the entire series. I read a few Trollope but find Thirkell easier going.

    • Helen says:

      It’s good to know that you liked them enough to want to read the whole series! I didn’t love the first book but am looking forward to trying at least one or two more. As for Trollope, I do enjoy his books but have to be in the right mood for them.

  3. BookerTalk says:

    I wasn’t thrilled by High Rising either but have heard so many people rave about her that I picked up a later book in a charity shop. Will be interested to hear what you have to say about this one

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