1 October 2017 Susannah

A Reader’s Guide


Have you read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman? It is her first novel and is quirky, different and both comic and tragic. I found it absorbing and touching and can recommend it. I hope the author writes more books. One of the things I liked about Eleanor is that she turns to the classics for consolation, inspiration and entertainment. Do you?

Reader's Guide to North and South

Reader’s Guide to North and South

I have started to write some literary monographs about famous novels. These are designed to provide information about the author, some background to the novel, discussion of themes and characters, lists of film versions you might like to watch, and suggestions for further reading. I know many of you who receive this newsletter belong to book groups, so I’ve also provided some questions to stimulate discussion and get you really thinking about the book. Whether you are an individual reader, or part of a group, I hope you will find my new series of author/book monographs helpful and enlightening. Follow me with this literary series, and you could become a seriously well-read person!

I’ve started with a favourite – Elizabeth Gaskell’s fabulous North and South (which inspired my favourite TV series ever!). The monographs come as downloads and are only $3 each. They can be ordered from my store for immediate download as a pdf file. I will have another one for you next month.

If you have a favourite novel that you’d love to learn more about, please send me your suggestions for future monographs. I’d love to hear them. Tell me by leaving a comment.

  Susannah Fullerton: North and South Companion Guide
  Susannah Fullerton: HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Elizabeth Gaskell
   Susannah Fullerton: A Readers Guide to North and South
   Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

I only recommend books I have read and know. Some of these links are my affiliate links. If you buy a book by clicking on one of these links I receive a small commission. It doesn’t cost you anything extra, but does help cover the cost of producing my free newsletter.


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Featured image credit- Reading by G. Morel. CC Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/fatseth/
Body image credit- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by by Gail Honeyman, book cover image from Goodreads.com, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35508633-eleanor-oliphant-is-completely-fine

Comments (14)

  1. Jacky Burchett

    Dear Susannah
    I have just finished Eleanor Elephant is Completely Fine, one of your recommendations. It served as a reminder to cherish those you love, especially your children and to be kind to those people you don’t necessarily understand, because you don’t know their history. Eleanor made me laugh and she made me sad. I’m glad Raymond recognised her uniqueness and became her friend.

    • Susannah Fullerton

      I am so glad you enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant. She was a most unusual heroine and I agree that the novel is a lesson on not judging people too quickly. I found it a moving book.

    • Susannah Fullerton

      Good thinking Stacey! My monograph on Daphne du Maurier and her novel ‘Rebecca’ will come out with my next newslettr. I do hope you will be my first customer?

      • Stacey

        Really looking forward to reading the next monograph! I recently finished reading “The Loving Spirit” and have just purchased some more of Daphne’s books – can’t wait to read them !

        • Susannah Fullerton

          I have been re-reading My Cousin Rachel and loving it. She is a complex and intriguing writer. Have you read her biography of Branwell Bronte?

  2. Bronwyn Beattie

    I’ve just finished “The Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline- totally engrossing – felt like starting all over again. Do you know it??

    • Susannah Fullerton

      No, I do not know it. It definitely sounds like one to add to my list. Many thanks.

  3. Brian Doyle

    A monograph on The Wide Sargasso Sea is one I would like to read your opinions on Susannah it’s a vey favourite novel of mine.

    • Susannah Fullerton

      Good suggestion, though I will need to do some research for it.

  4. pamela Kehl

    Thank you for your wonderful informative and interesting newsletter.
    I look forward to receiving it and I read the entire contemt.

  5. Barbara Anderson

    I loved Gail Honeyman’s book. So original and the heroine has such a unique voice. And I didn’t even need the twist at the end; it was perfect even without that.

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