This has been a banner year for fans of Elizabeth Taylor, the British novelist. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of her birth, book bloggers and LibraryThing Virago Group members have been reading her novels in order of publication, one novel each month. The book reviews and monthly discussion have been delightful (visit my Elizabeth Taylor Centenary page to explore).
We are now very close to the end of this journey, with only two novels left to read:
- Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont (1971) – hosted by Verity @ Verity’s Virago Venture. Verity has enlisted other readers to seed the discussion, and I can’t wait to see what she has planned. Look for a post on her blog later this week.
- Blaming (1976) – guest hosted by Dee, a LibraryThing member. Next week I’ll introduce Dee and say more about what she has planned for December.
I’m also planning a giveaway this month! I have a brand-new copy of Nicola Beauman’s biography, The Other Elizabeth Taylor, which will be up for grabs on Sunday. This book is somewhat controversial, in that Taylor’s children have objected to certain themes, but despite that I found it an invaluable resource on the life of a very private person (read my review). This book is a must-have for any Elizabeth Taylor fan, and makes great reading even if you are just getting to know Taylor and her work.
I hope you’ll consider taking part in one of the final readalongs, and be on the lookout this Sunday for information on the giveaway!