The Gutenberg Digest

rilla 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