Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Time for you to try some D.E. Stevenson?

Just a quick post to share this delightful speech that D.E. Stevenson gave to the "book trade" in Glasgow in or around the late 1960s.   Check out the Dean Street Press blog to read it.

Stevenson (1892-1973) was a bestselling author of light romantic fiction, known for her warm and captivating characters, her humor, her vivid settings (often Scotland but sometimes London), and her wonderful storytelling.   Reading about how she crafted her stories was very interesting for a fan like me.
For those who have never read her books, several have been reprinted by the Furrowed Middlebrow imprint of Dean Street Press.   Try one of these in book or electronic form:

Spring Magic - 25-year-old Frances Field escapes to a small village in Scotland to finds herself

Vittoria Cottage - Caroline, a young widow, and her children, find romance in small English town - but it's complicated . . .

Mrs. Tim Christie (aka Mrs. Tim of the Regiment) - Set in the 1930s, this is written in the form of journal entries about Hester Christie's quirky life as the wife of a British military officer.
I look forward to adding to my shelves soon!


Lory said...

Delightful article, thanks!

I just reviewed Vittoria Cottage and sequels, which I enjoyed very much. Interesting that Stevenson is enjoying quite a revival these days. There's a talking point for you! (I love her paragraph asking whether people really can possibly really like reading depressing books ...)

Dewena said...

I have a shelf full of D. E. Stevenson collected book by book back in the dark ages when buying them on something called the internet was not yet known. I still grab one for bedtime reading when I want nothing but a relaxing read. I remember Spring Magic. I think that's the one where there's an interesting conversation on capitalism/socialism. Quite pertinent here in the U.S. where the argument is going on.