…. and it has spun me a book that wasn’t one of my most wanted or one of my most feared.
Though I love 20th century authors who were inspired by the gothic and the romantic – I’m thinking here of authors like Daphne Du Maurier, Victoria Holt, and Mary Stewart – I don’t always get on with the older gothic novels, even though the idea of them does appeal.
I hope that the mixture of gothic and romantic that Mrs Radcliffe is known for will suit me. I know this isn’t reckoned to be her best book but I thought I should start here because it’s her first and because its short.
I do want to like it, because her later, bigger books look lovely.
And I’m in the final stages of a wonderful, not so well known as it should be, sensation novel, so my reading head is in the right place for ‘A Sicilian Romance.’
On balance, I think I’m pleased ….