The Gutenberg Digest


Welcome my sweets, to a brand new, fortnightly feature here on Brocante: a scrumptious digest of all those books recently uploaded to Gutenberg that you and I might just end up treasuring forever.

I have been thinking about this for a while, but  a new thread on the forum this morning has catapulted me into action, and so, every two weeks I will go through, book by book, all those books recently uploaded to Project Gutenberg, and pick out the ones I suspect might just be some kind of delightful!

Now the thing is this: rooting through Gutenberg is rather akin to rooting through the biggest second-hand book shop you can think of, so many of the books there are simply not our kind of thing, and you often have to kiss a long line of literary frogs before you happen across the kind of Prince capable of making your heart flutter. This means that  as I am posting the books before I have read them, it is entirely possible that they may be mad, bad or simply dangerous to read, but I will do my best to sort the bookish wheat from the chaff and present to you, a list of lovely books designed to provide comfort and good old-fashioned inspiration. Deal?

Ok, so are you ready to discover a gem?

*  Rilla of the Lighthouse by Grace May North, not only because the cover is sublime…

*  Candy Making at Home by Mary M. Wright, because we all like sweeties don’t we?

*  Dangerous Ages by Rose Macauley because she is really, rather excellent.

*  Her Benny by Silas Kitto Hocking, because it remains an important piece of Liverpool literature…

* Our Little English Cousin, by Blanche McManus, because all the “Little Cousin”  books are eccentrically delightful.

The Laurel Health Cookery, by Evora Bucknum Perkins, because it looks oddly quirky…

* Aunt Jane, by Jennette Lee, because it is set in a hospital and what could be finer than that?

And finally…

* The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories, by Ethel M. Dell, because Dell is frothy and silly and even Miss Pettigrew adored her…

There now, that should keep you going for a couple of weeks shouldn’t it? You are welcome.x

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7 comments on “The Gutenberg Digest

  1. Suzanne on said:

    Thank you so, so much for taking the time to do this! I love these old gems, but find sorting through Gutenberg like looking for a needle in a haystack (yet have found some of my favourite authors thanks to your recommendations). I am stranded in Italy (married into it) where it is almost impossible to find books in English I can afford. Yet I am a person who needs to read like I need air and water. You are truly a Nurse Nightingale for my impoverished soul!

    • Antonella on said:

      Hi Suzanne,
      an Italian here! Where do you live? I know of many used books store that sell english titles. As an alternative, do you know I like to buy my English titles there: cheap, free delivery worldwide and it funds literacy programs.
      hugs from Milan

  2. Thank you Alison, this is a great addition to the blog! Is there an easy way to find the page with the different sort of files for ereaders? For instance if I open “Rilla of the Lighthouse”, is there a simple click or do I need to search Gutenberg? Whatever the answer is, thank you!

  3. Thanks for the lovely book suggestions.

  4. Loving Rilla; definitely influences from LM Montgomery here. Thanks Alison.