Friday, March 21, 2014

Joanna Trollope's six favorite books

Joanna Trollope is the author of 17 bestselling novels, including The Choir, A Village Affair and The Rector's Wife. One of her six best books, as shared at the Daily Express:
VANITY FAIR by William Makepeace Thackeray

Thackeray turns the beautiful orphan myth on its head and slyly suggests that being a good girl is deadly boring.

How clever it was to make a horrible heroine so compelling. The pages are dead unless Becky Sharp is on them. It's probably the first really accomplished portrait of a woman survivor.
Read about another book on the list.

Vanity Fair also appears on Maddie Crum's top ten list of fictional characters who just might be psychopaths, Allegra Frazier's list of five of her favorite fictional gold diggers, John Mullan's list of ten of the most memorable governesses in literature, Stella Tillyard's list of favorite historical novels, John Mullan's lists of ten of the best fat men in literature and ten of the best pianos in literature, and Thomas Mallon's list.

--Marshal Zeringue