By Auriel Roe
A composite comic novel; thirteen interconnected stories that take place over forty years. Its setting is Blindefellows, a second rate public school in the West Country
Friday, 2 March 2018
My Life in Books
Today my favourite books are featured in Anne Cater's blogspot... Here's the first three and you can see the rest on the link below...
My Life in Books - Auriel Roe
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons - It's a shame that, after writing this, Gibbons turned to serious fiction as she had a real flair for comedy. It is, in fact, the one she's remembered for. CCF has everything - a penniless heroine, an Eliza Doolittle style make-over of her poor cousin Elfine into a lady of the manner, an absurd cast of characters existing in an archaic back water. What fun! I love this book so much I paid homage to it in one of the chapters in my book, chapter title Cold Foot Farm
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw - Talking of Eliza Doolittle, this is another perfectly rounded comedy with women's rights and socialism at its heart. I even published a student guide to it after I successfully directed it as a school play. Lots of witty exchanges - GBS was a noble rascal. I decided to go on a pilgrimage to his house soon after falling in love with this play. He used to work out in the garden in his rotatable writing hut and was able to justify not seeing his numerous impromptu visitor (mainly fans) by telling the housekeeper to say he was out.
No Name by Wilkie Collins - This is one of my favourite books and I wish someone would make it into a film - the radio 4 adaptation is very good, however. It's a roller coaster adventure with an ingenious lead character who adopts one disguise after another in order to regain her rightful inheritance. A wonderfully written ripping yarn.