Come with me on a literary journey … Together we’ll explore a fabulous selection of classic literary works.
I’ll introduce you to some of my favourite writers and literary works. You’ll learn intriguing stories about each author’s life and family, you will explore the themes and characters in one of their famous works, and you’ll have discussion questions to share with your book group or just to make you think.
Each literary guide is like hearing one of my talks, but you don’t have to travel! I hope you’ll get the feeling that I’m right there with you, sharing my love for an intriguing work and discussing it with you. You read the novel or story (but nobody will chase you up if you don’t quite manage it on time), and then you’ll receive my illustrated and info-packed Reader’s Guide. You can even discuss the work directly with me via my website. I always love a great literary conversation.
I promise that by the end of the year you’ll have a whole new appreciation of some memorable books, plus a gorgeous guide to preserve for as long as you want.
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A new journey each month
Every month throughout 2019 you’ll receive by email a full colour, detailed Literary Reader’s guide. Your annual subscription means you won’t need to worry about sending small payments or dealing with website downloads. Your reading guide will arrive fuss-free direct to your email inbox on the first day of the month. If you order after 1 January 2019, all back copies will be sent to you so you don’t miss out.ORDER NOW – Receive 1 guide free!
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 2019, 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.Watch the video
12 amazing authors and their books
A new author and one of their books will arrive in your inbox each month.
• Jan – Evelyn Waugh and Brideshead Revisited
• Feb – Jane Austen and Emma
• Mar – Jerome K. Jerome and Three Men in a Boat
• Apr – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and The Hound of the Baskervilles
• May – Theodor Fontane and Effi Briest
• Jun – Guy de Maupassant and The Necklace
• Jul – L.P. Hartley and The Go-Between
• Aug – Samuel Butler and The Way of All Flesh
• Sep – W. Somerset Maugham and Cakes and Ale
• Oct – Henry James and Washington Square
• Nov – Jean Rhys and Wide Sargasso Sea
• Dec – Wilkie Collins and The Moonstone
Sign up, start reading my gorgeous January selection, and wait for a specially-designed Reader’s Guide to pop into your inbox on New Year’s Day to get your year off to a fantastic beginning!
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What a great gift for a reading friend, or just a special treat for yourself.
12 Readers Guides for the price of only 11. JUST $44
I loved Susannah’s monograph on Dr. Thorne! Of course, I knew it would be good, but I wasn’t prepared to be completely captured. Now I want to subscribe to all Susannah’s monographs–and it takes a lot to get me to add yet more to my list!” Donna Fletcher Crow, distinguished writer of historical novels, USA.
Every beautifully presented handbook is about 24 pages in length and packed with colour images. Each has an online Companion Guide with carefully curated links to further reading, videos and extended material about the author and the book.
Print your guides out to build your own collection of fabulous reading reference.
An annual subscription means you won’t need to worry about sending small payments or dealing with website downloads. Your reading 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, or you can visit my shop and order online.
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!