1951 Club

(Cross-posting my introduction from 25th March)

Those of you who follow Simon at Stuck-in-a-Book will have seen his recent post flagging up the fact that we’ll shortly be co-hosting another one of our reading weeks, where we focus on books from a particular year, reading and reviewing and sharing ideas about the kind of works published then.

Our next featured year will be 1951, and the week is from 10-16 April – as you can see in the snazzy badge above, designed by Simon (who is much better at these things than I am).

1951 promises to have a wonderful selection of books to choose from – I’ve already got a pile of possibles, all of which I already own (yay!) and which I’ll share in a later post. As Simon says (ha!) these ‘clubs’ are such fun, and it’s lovely to hear what people are reading, what they think, and what unusual and interesting titles they come up with.

So do join in with the 1951 Club, use the badge above when you post, and let’s all share some wonderful bookish experiences! 🙂

Please do leave a comment below if you’ve posted about a book from 1951 and I’ll gather these together in a list of links at the end of the week! Happy reading!


My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier:

Lizzy Siddal

Bag full of Books

Books Please

Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson:

What Me Read

Intermittencies of the Mind

A Game of Hide and Seek by Elizabeth Taylor:

Harriet Devine

Madame Bibilophile Recommends

The Blank Garden

The Indextrious Reader

The Book Satchel

School for Love by Olivia Manning:

Jacqui Wine’s Journal

Stuck in a Book

Books and Chocolate


The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat:

My Bookstrings

Molloy by Samuel Beckett:

Recent Items

The Bookbinder’s Daughter

The Quiet Gentleman by Georgette Heyer:

I Prefer Reading

Desperate Reader

They Came to Baghdad by Agatha Christie:

Books Please


She Reads Novels

Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings

A Question of Upbringing by Anthony Powell:

Hard Book Habit

The End of the Affair by Graham Greene:

Annabel’s House of Books

The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey:


Lady Fancifull

Harriet Devine

Opening Night by Ngaio Marsh:

Stuck in a Book

Duplicate Death by Georgette Heyer:

She Reads Novels

Lise Lillywhite by Margery Sharp:

Beyond Eden Rock

Maigret’s Memoirs by Simenon:

Lizzy Siddal

The Well at the World’s End by Neil Gunn:

1st Reading

Darkness and Day by Ivy Compton-Burnett:

Stuck in a Book

Tempest-Tost by Robertson Davies:

Consumed by Ink


The Glass Harp by Truman Capote:

Beauty is a Sleeping Cat

746 Books

The Age of Longing by Arthur Koestler:

Lesser Known Gems

A Mouse is Born by Anita Loos:

Lesser Known Gems

Memories of a Revolutionary by Victor Serge:

Lesser Known Gems

Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings

The Invisible Collection & Buchmendel by Stefan Zweig:

Desperate Reader

The Street by Dorothy Baker:

Stuck in a Book

Merry Hall by Beverley Nichols:

Stuck in a  Book

Come In Spinner by Dymphna Cusack & Florence James:

Words and Leaves

The Loved and Envied by Enid Bagnold:

Leaves and Pages

Luvvie’s Musings

Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar:

Intermittencies of the Mind

Shoshi’s Book Blog

The Log from the Sea of Cortez:

Ink Stains on a Reader’s Blog

Where were you, Adam? by Heinrich Boll:

Lizzy Siddal

The Sunday of Life by Raymond Queneau:

Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings

The Quarry by Freidrich Durrenmatt:

Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings

Maigret and the Burglar’s Wife by Simenon:

Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings

The Devil’s Elbow by Gladys Mitchell:

Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings

The Blessing by Nancy Mitford:

Luvvie’s Musings

29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karen K.
    Apr 12, 2017 @ 06:09:46


  2. Bag Full of Books
    Apr 13, 2017 @ 04:51:19

    I read My Cousin Rachel for the #1951bookclub. Really enjoyed it. Look forward to reading all the reviews. https://bagfullofbooks.com/2017/04/11/my-cousin-rachel-by-daphne-du-maurier-for-the-1951bookclub/


  3. BookerTalk
    Apr 14, 2017 @ 21:17:40

    Haven’t we all been busy? It would be interesting to see if there are any 1951 novels that no-one has read….


  4. Desperate Reader
    Apr 15, 2017 @ 06:57:22


  5. lesserknowngems
    Apr 15, 2017 @ 08:11:07

    I’ve read three books so far (I really enjoyed the concept, looking forward to the next one):
    The Age of Longing by Koestler http://wp.me/p4K3An-ek
    A mouse is born by Loos http://wp.me/p4K3An-eN
    Memoirs of a Revolutionary by Serge http://wp.me/p4K3An-eS


  6. Jonathan
    Apr 15, 2017 @ 09:19:17

    I’ve forgotten to check here for all the 1951 reviews instead I’ve just been relying on what turns up on my feed.

    BTW I read and reviewed ‘Hangsaman’ by Shirley Jackson


  7. Resh Susan @ The Book Satchel
    Apr 16, 2017 @ 17:35:30

    I read A Game of Hide and Seek by Elizabeth Taylor for the 1951 club. I adored the read. Ah! It was heart breaking. I must read more of Elizabeth Taylor. Thanks for hosting this wonderful read along. It helped me find a new favourite.

    Here is the link – http://www.thebooksatchel.com/game-hide-seek-elizabeth-taylor/


    • kaggsysbookishramblings
      Apr 16, 2017 @ 20:51:37

      It’s a wonderful book – probably my favourite Taylor. She’s definitely worth exploring further. I’ll link to your review!


  8. Jonathan
    Apr 16, 2017 @ 21:17:29

    I’ve just managed to squeeze in my second review: ‘Memoirs of Hadrian’ by Marguerite Yourcenar.


    • kaggsysbookishramblings
      Apr 16, 2017 @ 21:19:46

      Yes, I just got a notification – well done on getting it done so quickly! I’ve linked you above!


      • Jonathan
        Apr 16, 2017 @ 21:30:40

        I think tomorrow I’ll spend a bit of time reading some of the reviews here that I haven’t read yet.

      • kaggsysbookishramblings
        Apr 16, 2017 @ 21:43:38

        Excellent idea – there’s plenty of food for thought!

  9. lizzysiddal
    Apr 17, 2017 @ 14:01:37

    Just posted my third and final review – Where were you, Adam? by Heinrich Böll. Delays due to technical difficulties – both ipad and laptop playing up currently!


  10. Jonathan
    Apr 17, 2017 @ 20:38:53

    I don’t think you’ve added any of your own reviews yet. 🙂


  11. hopewellslibraryoflife
    Apr 17, 2017 @ 21:34:14

    Love this idea!


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