Book Society

Connections

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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 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.
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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...
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...
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.
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This, at the time, meant twenty-five pounds or more. On one occasion...
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.
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Nevertheless she giggled at the thought of it as a defective offspring...
Reception Lady Cynthia Asquith
The volume was a Book Society recommendation.
Beauman, Nicola. Cynthia Asquith. Hamish Hamilton, 1987.
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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.
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Reception Dorothy Whipple
Colonel and Mrs Williams , the owners of Parciau, were far from pleased at finding themselves and their lives portrayed in fiction.
Conville, David, and Dorothy Whipple. “Afterword”. The Priory, Persephone Books, 2003, pp. 529 - 36.
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The novel, however, was again a Book Society Choice.
Whipple, Dorothy. Random Commentary. Michael Joseph, 1966.
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It was...
Reception Ann Bridge
The Ginger Griffin was a Book Society choice, as were three later novels by AB .
Reception Nancy Mitford
This enormously successful was also well reviewed. It was a Book Society Choice, and earned NM over £7,000 in the first six months, funding her move from England to Paris.
Hastings, Selina. Nancy Mitford: A Biography. Hamish Hamilton, 1985.
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Fraser, Antonia. “A Most Superior Street”. Spectator.co.uk. Champagne for the brain.
After its success on...
Reception Dorothy Whipple
They Were Sisters too became a Book Society Choice.
Whipple, Dorothy. Random Commentary. Michael Joseph, 1966.
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Sales before publication day passed 32,000, and the editor of Woman's Magazine said it was of course a masterpiece.
Whipple, Dorothy. Random Commentary. Michael Joseph, 1966.
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DW was offered by Gaumont-British
Reception Nancy Mitford
Love in a Cold Climate enjoyed great popularity. It was the first novel to be simultaneously chosen as Book of the Month by the Book Society , the Daily Mail and the Evening Standard.
Mitford, Nancy. “Critical Materials”. Love from Nancy: The Letters of Nancy Mitford, edited by Charlotte Mosley, Hodder and Stoughton, 1993, p. various pages.
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Timeline

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.
1930
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.
1944
Hodder and Stoughton , along with Alan Bott of the Book Society , founded Pan Books Limited , with Aubrey Forshaw as the managing director.