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The 6pm Frazzled Mums' Club by Nina Manning #Review

I am delighted to be part of the celebrations for the publication of Nina Manning's The 6pm Frazzled Mums' Club . It was published by Boldwood Books on September 26th.     Whatever the question, the answer is wine! They’ve swapped the dark and lonely baby days for school gate chaos, but Aisha, Sophy and Mel are discovering that there are new parenting pitfalls just waiting for them… Influencer Sophy, is trying to keep on top of home and work life but is finding it all a bit tough! Everyone thinks she’s living her best life, but the pressure to maintain perfection at the school gates when all she wants to do is cry, is taking its toll on Sophy. Aisha doesn’t know what to do with all her spare time now her twins are at school. Maybe it’s time to focus on herself and the dreams she’s put on hold? But when her mum suddenly begins to feel unwell, Aisha has to rethink everything. And when Mel is offered a chance to live her dream, she grabs it with both hands. But there’

The Classics Club

Well now that I've discovered The Classics Club, I've just had to have a go. Basically you challenge yourself to read your way through a list of 50 classics over 5 years and review them. I'm hoping to read a classic every alternate book, so what better than to join in! I'm aiming to do this by the end of December 2020. The hardest part was pruning the list and I am sure that I will tweak it as I go along. 

Here it is:

  1. Atwood, Margaret: A Handmaid's Tale
  2. Austen, Jane: Emma
  3. Austen Jane: Lady Susan Review 17th June 2016
  4. Austen, Jane: Persuasion
  5. Austen, Jane: Sanditon
  6. Austen, Jane: Sense and Sensibility
  7. Austen, Jane: The Watsons
  8. Bennett, Alan: The Uncommon Reader
  9. Burnett, Frances Hodgson: The Secret Garden
  10.  Bronte, Anne: Agnes Grey
  11. Bronte, Charlotte:Jane Eyre Review 21st April 2016
  12. Bronte Selected Poetry (all) Review 11th January 2016
  13.  Dostoevesky, Fyodor: The Brothers Karamazov
  14.  Dickens, Charles: Our Mutual Friend
  15.  Eliot George: Adam Bede
  16.  Eliot, George: Felix Holt, the Radical
  17.  Eliot, George: Romola
  18.   Fitzgerald, F. Scott: Tender is the Night
  19.    Forster, E.M.: Room With a View
  20.   Forster, E.M.: Where Angels Fear to Tread
  21.  Gaskell, Elizabeth: Mary Barton
  22.  Gaskell, Elizabeth: North and South
  23.  Gaskell, Elizabeth: Ruth
  24.  Gaskell, Elizabeth: Sylvia’s Lovers
  25.  Gaskell, Elizabeth: The Life of Charlotte Bronte
  26.  Gaskell, Elizabeth: Wives and Daughters
  27.  Golding, William: Lord of the Flies
  28.  Hardy, Thomas: A Pair of Blue Eyes
  29.  Hardy, Thomas: Desperate Remedies
  30.  Hardy, Thomas: Return of the Native
  31.  Hardy, Thomas:Selected Poems Review 4th March 2016
  32.   Mansfield, Katherine: The Garden Party & Other Stories
  33.   Ishiguro, Kazuo: Remains of the Day
  34.  James, Henry: Daisy Miller
  35.  James, Henry: Roderick Hudson
  36.  James, Henry: The Ambassadors
  37.  James, Henry: The Aspern Papers
  38.   James, Henry: The Bostonians
  39.  James, Henry: The Portrait of a Lady
  40.   James, Henry: Washington Square
  41.   James, Henry: What Maisie Knew
  42.   Plath, Sylvia: The Bell Jar
  43.  Rhys, Jean: Wide Sargasso Sea 
  44.  Trollope, Anthony: Barchester Towers
  45.  Wilder, Thornton: Our Town
  46.  Wollstonecraft, Mary: A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
  47.  Woolf, Virginia: The Year
  48.   Woolf, Virginia: A Room of One’s Own
  49.  Woolf, Virginia: Mrs. Dalloway
  50.  50.  Woolf, Virginia: To the Lighthouse

Why did I choose these books? Well, some I wanted to re read like the Henry James ones. 
Others I've always fancied reading- such as Mary Wollstonecraft and Jean Rhys.
I'm hoping to link some to an event the Classics Club are running next year:The Women's Classic Literature Event. (more of that later)

Where shall I start? Any comments anybody?



  1. So many Gaskells, Austens, Brontes and Woolfs!! I? Think you should start with Sense and Sensibility, for some holiday cheer (and because your name is Marianne, so it's a must), then A Room of One's Own, for some excellent literary foundation, then North and South for some wintry joy which is a little dark in places, then start your 2016 with A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, because that is the best way to start any 2016. :)

    Lovely blog and lovely list. Best wishes, Marianne!!

    1. Thank you so much! I love all your ideas plus I am eyeing up a readalong for Emma as it is its 200 year anniversary in December. (Emma in the Snow at Thanks for your lovely comments, I am still new to blogging but so far, I love it. You are right that I have put quite a few Gaskells and I am hoping to visit her house in Manchester which has been reopened and looks great.

      Kind regards, Marianne

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