Join Susannah’s 2020 Book of the Month club

Susannah’s Literary Readers Guides for designed for those who care about classic and important literature.

  • Learn about classic books in easy-to-understand everyday language.
  • Discover the life of the person who wrote the book.
  • Understand what prompted the book to be written.
  • Identify the characters’ roles in the narrative.
  • Grasp the influence of the era, lifestyle and circumstances of the book’s setting.
  • Pick up on the small things that make a story rich.
  • Read the book with a much greater understanding of its background for more enjoyment.

Each month you’ll receive a reading guide covering the life of an author and one of their most popular or important works. Look what’s in store!


The Hobbit

Ethan Frome

The Invisible Man

The Elephant’s Child

Cider with Rosie

Joseph Andrews

A Town Like Alice

Jane Eyre

Travels with my Aunt

Barry Lyndon

Dr Zhivago

Each Reader’s Guide covers the life of an author and one of their most popular or important works.

Susannah tells you all about a writer’s life, analyses the themes and characters in a well-known novel, lists film versions you might like to watch, suggests titles for further reading and gives you her take on the work. Also provided are 8 questions for discussion in book groups, or just to get you really thinking about the book. Susannah will even discuss the book with you on her Book of the Month page.

Join Susannah on a literary journey through 2020 to explore a fabulous selection of classic books. Susannah reveals intriguing stories about the author behind the work, analyses the themes and characters in the book, tempts you with film versions to watch, and challenges you with thoughtful discussion questions.

You can purchase a full twelve month subscription, or wait until the Book of the Month is released and purchase individually for $4.00 each.

All the details

12 amazing authors and their books
A new guide on an author and one of their books will arrive in your inbox each month.

Jan – Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
Feb – The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Mar – Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Apr – The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
May – The Elephant’s Child by Rudyard Kipling
Jun – Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee

Jul – Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding
Aug – A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
Sep – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Oct – Travels with my Aunt by Graham Greene
Nov – Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray
Dec – Dr Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

What makes it special
Anybody could sit down and read the list of books I have supplied. But it’s not so easy to learn about how the author came to write the book, or receive a commentary on all the film versions / sequels / adaptations that have resulted from it. I will help you analyse the themes, consider the various characters and their motivations, and give you links for further explorations. I guarantee that, by the end of 2020, you will have a far richer understanding of some fabulous classics than you’d ever have done just reading them on your own.

I’ve chosen very carefully to give you variety, familiar and unfamiliar, funny and tragic, gripping and nostalgic. You will read a brilliant short story and a foreign-language novel, you will dance at a Parisian ball, you’ll travel by boat, by carriage and by bike as you make your way through superb stories. Encounter dastardly villains, a repressed Prussian, young ladies who play cards to decide who should marry the new guy in town, a wild and carefree Jamaican, and sigh over possibly the finest hero ever to appear in a novel. And experience the sheer joy of really getting to know what is (in my view) the world’s greatest novel (can you guess what that treat might be?). I would feel privileged to be your personal guide through twelve amazing works of literature. Please join me for this stimulating journey.

Every beautifully presented handbook is over 24 pages in length and packed with colour images. Each has an online Reader’s Companion with carefully curated links to further reading, videos and extended material about the author and the book.

Save and print your guides to build your own collection of fabulous reading references.

An annual subscription means you won’t need to worry about sending small payments or dealing with website downloads. Your Reader’s Guide will arrive fuss-free direct to your email inbox at the beginning of each month.

It’s really easy to order and you can use any of these payment methods: Credit Card, Cash, Cheque, EFT or PayPal. You can download and print an order form to send via post or email, visit my shop and order online or phone to place an order.

Join Me
I love to share my passion for great literature and it would be wonderful to have you join me in this literary exploration. Treat yourself, or buy a thoughtful gift for a reading friend.

By ordering you will also help cover the costs of producing my monthly newsletter and enable me to keep sending it out at no cost and advertising free.

Each Reader’s Guide is just like one of my talks, but you get to keep it forever!

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Image credits-
R.L. Stevenson, Kidnapped. Peter O’Toole and Peter Finch in R.L. Stevenson’s Kidnapped (1960),
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit. Martin Freeman in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012),
Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome. Liam Neeson in Ethan Frome (1993),
H.G. Wells, The Invisible Man. Claude Rains and Gloria Stuart in The Invisible Man (1933),
Laurie Lee, Cider with Rosie. Samantha Morton in Cider with Rosie (2015),
Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews. Ann-Margret and Peter Firth in Joseph Andrews (1977),
Nevil Shute, A Town Like Alice. Bryan Brown and Helen Morse in A Town Like Alice (1981),
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre. Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska in Jane Eyre (2011),
Graham Green, Travels with my Aunt. Maggie Smith, Louis Gossett Jr. and Alec McCowen in Travels with My Aunt (1972),
William Makepeace Thackeray, Barry Lyndon. Ryan O’Neal in Barry Lyndon (1975),
Boris Pasternak, Dr Zhivago. Geraldine Chaplin, Omar Sharif, and Ralph Richardson in Doctor Zhivago (1965),