The 1951 Club is coming!


Simon at Stuck in a Book & Karen at Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings are hosting the 1951 Club next month, April 10th-16th to be precise. I love this idea, it’s practically the only challenge I ever take part in. Mostly because they choose such interesting years but also because I invariably have several books on the tbr shelves to choose from so I’m participating in a challenge & reducing the tbr at the same time.


There are links on both blogs to lists of titles published in 1951 & all the information you need to join in. I’ve pulled these books from the shelves – two Greyladies titles by Josephine Elder, The Encircled Heart and Lady of Letters, Lucy Carmichael by Margaret Kennedy & Come In Spinner by Dymphna Cusack and Florence James.


However, just as I had virtuously planned to read one of these books that I already own, I read this post by Moira at Clothes in Books. Once you are thinking about 1951, books seem to pop up everywhere that were published in that year. I do like Michael Gilbert’s books & this one, about a murder trial with links to the French Resistance during WWII, sounds terrific. So, I bought the eBook.


I also plan to listen to The Quiet Gentleman by Georgette Heyer, read by Cornelius Garrett.

Looking at the lists on Goodreads, I’ve also discovered that I’ve read a lot of books published in 1951 so I’ll be posting links to my reviews of those titles in 1951 Club week as well. It’s going to be wonderful, I can’t wait!

6 thoughts on “The 1951 Club is coming!

  1. I’m in! This year I’m plan to read School for Love by Olivia Manning — I loved her Balkan Trilogy and this has been on my TBR shelf for a few years now. If I have time, I’m going to read either They Came To Baghdad by Agatha Christie or Night at the Vulcan by Ngaio Marsh. Or both!

    I don’t know the books in your photo but I have read The Quiet Gentleman and I really liked it. Happy reading!


    • I loved the Balkan & Levant trilogies but I don’t have SOL. Anyway, I’m going to read from the tbr – except for the Gilbert which, as I’ve bought it, is now on my tbr! I could borrow the Christie or Marsh from work but I think I’ll be running out of time. Glad you enjoyed TQG, I’m looking forward to it.


    • I want to read more Margaret Kennedy so this would be the perfect opportunity. Come in Spinner is set in Sydney during WWII, about a group of women & their relationships, especially with the American soldiers stationed there. I’ve wanted to read it for ages.


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