Reading the 20th Century

A project for 2012 and 2013.

Reading the Twentieth Century: One hundred books, one for each year …

Done !!!

1900 – The Chase of the Ruby by Richard Marsh
1901 – My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin
1902 – The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett
1903 – The Daughters of a Genius: A Story of Brave Endeavour by Mrs George Horne de Vaizey
1904 – In The Bishop’s Carriage by Miriam Michelson
1905 – The Woman in the Alcove by Anna Katherine Green
1906 – A Pixy in Petticoats by John Trevena
1907 – Through The Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle
1908 – The Fly on the Wheel – Katherine Cecil Thurston
1909 – The Old Man in the Corner by Baroness Orczy
1910 – The City of Beautiful Nonsense by E Temple Thurston
1911 – The Limit by Ada Leverson
1912 – Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock
1913 – The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton
1914 – The Three Sisters by May Sinclair
1915 – The Rose-Garden Husband by Margaret Widdemer
1916 – Come Out of the Kitchen! by Alice Duer Miller
1917 – Painted Clay by Capel Boake
1918 – Diary Without Dates by Enid Bagnold
1919 – Aleta Day by Francis Marion Benyon
1920 – In The Mountains by Elizabeth von Arnim
1921 – The Windy Hill by Cornelia Meigs
1922 – The Heir by Vita Sackville-West
1923 – The End of the House of Alard by Sheila Kaye-Smith
1924 – The Home-Maker by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
1925 – Streamers Waving by G. H. B. Kitchin
1926 – As It Was by Helen Thomas
1927 – The Land of Green Ginger by Winifred Holtby
1928 – Cullum by E Arnot Robertson
1929 – The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey
1930 – The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
1931 – Gwendra Cove & Other Cornish Sketches by C C Rogers (Lady Vyvyan)
1932 – Conversation Piece by Molly Keane
1933 – High Rising by Angela Thirkell
1934 – Harriet by Elizabeth Jenkins
1935 – White Ladies by Francis Brett Young
1936 – Monogram by Gladys Bronwyn Stern
1937 – Lady Rose and Mrs Memmary by Ruby Ferguson
1938 – Love in Our Time by Norman Collins
1939 – Heaven Lies About Us by Howard Spring
1940 – Rochester’s Wife by D E Stevenson
1941 – The Rich House by Stella Gibbons
1942 – Treveryan by Angela Du Maurier
1943 – The Landslide by Stephen Gilbert
1944 – No More Than Human by Maura Laverty
1945 – When All is Done by Alison Uttley
1946 – Palladian by Elizabeth Taylor
1947 – The Slaves of Solitude by Patrick Hamilton
1948 – Maidens’ Trip by Emma Smith
1949 – The Willow Cabin by Pamela Frankau
1950 – Some Tame Gazelle by Barbara Pym
1951 – Lucy Carmichael by Margaret Kennedy
1952 – Catherine Carter by Pamela Hansford Johnson
1953 – Murder in Time by Elizabeth Ferrars
1954 – Yew Hall by Lucy M Boston
1955 – The Tigress on the Hearth by Margery Sharp
1956 – The King of a Rainy Country by Brigid Brophy
1957 – The Happy Ending by Leo Walmsley
1958 – Down to the Sea in Ships by Ursula Bloom
1959 – Mizmaze by Mary Fitt
1960 – The L-Shaped Room by Lynne Reid Banks
1961 – The Ivy Tree by Mary Stewart
1962 – Coronation by Paul Gallico
1963 – The New Moon with the Old by Dodie Smith
1964 – Memories and Gardens by Marion Howard Spring
1965 – Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
1966 – This January Tale by Bryher
1967 – My Wife Melissa by Francis Durbridge
1968 – Clutch of Constables by Ngaio Marsh
1969 – The Play Room by Olivia Manning
1970 – The Young Ardizzone by Edward Ardizzone
1971 – Penmarric by Susan Howatch
1972 – Limmerston Hall  by Hester W Chapman
1973 – The Dressmaker by Beryl Bainbridge
1974 – The Face of Trespass by Ruth Rendell
1975 – Lord of the Far Island by Victoria Holt
1976 – Tea by the Nursery Fire: A Children’s Nanny at the Turn of the Century by Noel Streatfeild
1977 – The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden
1978 – A Five Year Sentence by Bernice Rubens
1979 – If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino
1980 – The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel
1981 – Still Missing by Beth Gutcheon
1982 – The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Penman
1983 – The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
1984 – Mother Love by Domini Taylor
1985 – The Suspect by L R Wright
1986 – Tin Toys by Ursula Holden
1987 – Who Saw Him Die? by Sheila Radley
1988 – The Upstairs People by Jennifer Dawson
1989 – Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood
1990 – Closed at Dusk by Monica Dickens
1991 – The Unforgiving by Charlotte Cory
1992 – Great Meadow by Dirk Bogarde
1993 – Pillion Riders by Elisabeth Russell Taylor
1994 – Pippa Passes by Rumer Godden
1995 – Touch and Go by Elizabeth Berridge
1996 – Reality and Dreams by Muriel Spark
1997 – The Baby-Snatcher by Ann Cleeves
1998 – 253 by Geoff Ryman
1999 – Buried in Cornwall by Janie Bolitho

9 responses

  1. Fleur — I am incredibly proud to have made your list, and grateful for your beautiful post about Still Missing. Being published by Persephone has been a huge honor. Now I’m glad also to have made the acquaintance of your website. I’m looking forward to studying all that’s here more carefully to see where our reading lives have overlapped and where yours might take me that I haven’t been yet. Thank You, you made my day. Week. yrs, Beth

  2. Lovely list! I’m going to see if I can do this, I am – but not over a specific fime period and at the start just noting if I get a particular year in. I think that works for me just as something of interest to see if I do it fairly naturally. I’m not sure that I read a lot from the 70s and 80s normally, but Iris Murdoch had a good output then. I presume there are rules one can find (not more than one by the same author? All fiction?) but I’m just going to note them and see what happens. Thanks for a brilliant blog in general, too!

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