Book Society


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Friends, Associates Susanna Watts
In her own more local circle, however, SW was relaxed and good company. She belonged to a Book Society . She was a close friend of the Hutton and the Coltman families and especially, in...
Literary responses Ivy Compton-Burnett
Leonard Woolf's decision proved a mistake. The book was not only praised to the skies by young, advanced reviewers, but also made the secondary Book of the Month for May by the newly-formed Book Society
Occupation Pamela Hansford Johnson
PHJ worked occasionally for the BBC from the late 1940s. She later became one of the Critics team (which meant regular recording sessions), and sat on the committee of the Book Society , which she...
Occupation Caroline Frances Cornwallis
CFC led an active life. She remarked that the political unrest of 1822 affected her because she had ordinarily my father's business to transact.
Cornwallis, Caroline Frances. Selections from the Letters of Caroline Frances Cornwallis. Power, M. C.Editor , Trübner and Co., 1864.
She took part in the Book Society while she lived...
Occupation Pamela Frankau
She participated in Brains Trusts, both on the famous BBC television programme and as a charity event for the Cenacle Convent in Hampstead. She read books for the Book Society jury, but found this...
Occupation Rumer Godden
While living in Highgate RG took to organizing readings: at Foyles bookshop, promoting young poets; at Kenwood House; and for the Arts Council , where she spent two years on the Poetry Panel...
Publishing Dorothy Whipple
Again she felt sure the book would be a failure, judging it not properly thought out in the beginning, about nothing—stale, flat.
Whipple, Dorothy. Random Commentary. Michael Joseph, 1966.
Nevertheless she giggled at the thought of it as a defective offspring...
Publishing Pamela Frankau
At the outset of her career, in the years following Marriage of Harlequin, magazines paid her fantastic prices for short stories.
Stern, G. B. ...And did he stop and speak to you?. Henry Regnery, 1958.
This, at the time, meant twenty-five pounds or more. On one occasion...
Reception Evelyn Waugh
The novel was a Book Society Choice.
TLS Centenary Archive Centenary Archive [1902-2012].
(7 May 1938): 313
Writing in 2010 on the influence of the media on British Prime Ministers, Ferdinand Mount observed: pretty much all you need to know about...
Reception Storm Jameson
The Hidden River had some bad reviews in influential places, but excellent sales. It was a Book Society choice, earning £2,500 in English royalties, £268 from Book-of-the-Month Club in Canada, and a dollar amount...
Reception Evelyn Waugh
This novel was a Book Society choice.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
It brought Waugh hundreds of thousands of new American readers, and, astonishingly to him, fan-mail.
Stovel, Bruce, and Bruce Stovel. “The Genesis of Evelyn Waugh’s Comic Vision. Waugh, Captain Grimes, and Decline and Fall”. Jane Austen and Company: Collected Essays, edited by Nora Foster Stovel and Nora Foster Stovel, University of Alberta Press, 2011, pp. 181 -01.
In early 1946 Life magazine carried his article entitled Fan-Fare, in...
Reception Rosamond Lehmann
This book received very positive reviews from (among others) Elizabeth Janeway in the New York Times, Elizabeth Bowen in New Republic, Virginia Peterson in the New York Herald Tribune, Simon Raven in...
Reception Dorothy Whipple
A reader at Curtis Brown praised DW 's very shrewd and natural gift of depicting her middle-class characters, while Lord Gorell at John Murray wrote: Much her best work and the former was good.
Whipple, Dorothy. Random Commentary. Michael Joseph, 1966.
Reception Lady Cynthia Asquith
The volume was a Book Society recommendation.
Beauman, Nicola. Cynthia Asquith. Hamish Hamilton, 1987.
Roger Fulford , reviewing it for the Times Literary Supplement, situated it among a crowd of works looking back from difficult times to an easier and...
Reception Olivia Manning
This novel was a Book Society choice (OM 's third), but was badly reviewed by Nancy Spain and Viola Garvin .
Braybrooke, Neville, and Isobel English. Olivia Manning: A Life. Chatto and Windus, 2004.


By April 1929
The Book Society (first conceived of by Arnold Bennett ) was launched by Hugh Walpole with himself as chairman; it was the first such society in Britain.
The Book Guild was funded, on the model of the Book Society of the previous year, to cater to the needs of the intelligent but not academic (middle-brow) reader.
Hodder and Stoughton , along with Alan Bott of the Book Society , founded Pan Books Limited , with Aubrey Forshaw as the managing director.