The Trollope Society

Anthony Trollope wrote about Victorian Society, often satirising the hypocrisies and petty jealousies that permeated it (and which continue to this day). He is noted for his realistic portrayal of women and their ways of coping with a society which treated them as second class citizens.

Classic: The Way We Live Now – a cautionary tale of a financial scandal, effectively a Ponzi Scheme, that is still relevant 150 years after it was first published

Buy The Way We Live Now

Try this first: Barchester Towers – a send up of office politics and social climbers set in a Victorian cathedral city Buy Barchester Towers

Best Biography/Critical Analysis: Although his Autobiography is a great read, it is not always wholly reliable, so try Trollope by Victoria Glendinning Buy the Biography

To find out more about Anthony Trollope and join the Trollope Society go to: Home – Trollope Society

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Margery Allingham Society

One of the four so-called Queens of Crime in the inter-war period, her novels featuring her series detective, Albert Campion, were turned into a popular BBC TV series. Allingham’s novels were noted for their atmospheric settings in London and Essex.
Classic: Tiger in The Smoke – tracking down a psychotic killer in smoggy post-war London.
Buy Tiger in the Smoke

Try this first: Police at the Funeral – Campion’s first detective outing.
Buy Police at the Funeral

Best biography/critical analysis: The Adventures of Margery Allingham – detailed biography by Julia Jones
Buy The Adventures of Margery Allingham

To find out more and to join the Margery Allingham Society go to https://margeryallingham.org.uk

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