The loucheness of the conservative novelist: Angela Thirkell writes about camp

Here's an extract from my next book, due out in July. This bit is about how Angela Thirkell, that most proper and dictatorial enforcer of correct social behaviour in her novels from the 1930s to the 1950s, let herself go when chortling with the girls about sex.  Thirkell’s great lesbian creations of Miss Hampton and … Continue reading The loucheness of the conservative novelist: Angela Thirkell writes about camp

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Noel Langley’s There’s A Porpoise Close Behind Us

Noel Langley was a South African playwright, a screenwriter, and a comic novelist of the London theatre. I say 'comic', because that's how the very sparse online references describe his few novels. Possibly this is because his most famous novel, The Land of Green Ginger, was delightfully enjoyable, as were his screenplays: The Wizard of Oz … Continue reading Noel Langley’s There’s A Porpoise Close Behind Us