Best Books of 1930

Top 10 Best Books of 1930 : Murder at the Vicarage, The Little Engine That Could, Strong Poison, 1066 and All That: A Memorable History of England, The Mysterious Mr. Quin, As I Lay Dying, Swallows and Amazons, Civilization and Its Discontents, The Collected Short Stories of Saki, Years of Grace

Murder at the Vicarage
AuthorAgatha Christie
Murder at the Vicarage marks the debut of Agatha Christie’s unflappable and much beloved female detective, Miss Jane Marple. With her gift for sniffing out the malevolent side of human nature, Miss Marple is led on her first case to a crime scene at the local vicarage. Colonel Protheroe, the magistrate...
The Little Engine That Could
AuthorWatty Piper
When I was seven, my Mom used to read to us from this little book.

It was one of many books scattered atop our bright red plastic-‘n-steel tabletop, and she was cataloguing them for her new Public Library!

It was a bright red-letter year for us kids, too, that year - a real Book Bonanza.

Strong Poison
AuthorDorothy L. Sayers
I'm sorry, Hercule Poirot. There's a new literary detective in my life, and while I will always cherish your silly Belgian antics, Lord Peter Wimsey just understands my needs better - he makes me laugh so much more than you do, and he has that sincerity that you lack.

Now don't cry, Hercule. It's...
AuthorW.C. Sellar
One of the most well-loved and best-selling British humor titles of all time

"Canute began by being a Bad King on the advice of his Courtiers, who informed him (owing to a misunderstanding of the Rule Britannia) that the King of England was entitled to sit on the sea without getting wet."

The Mysterious Mr. Quin
AuthorAgatha Christie
Harley Quin is an enigma. Even his friend Mr Satterthwaite is unable to understand how the man seems to appear and disappear almost like a trick of the light - and when he does appear it's usually in the sparkle of sunshine, or surrounded by a spectrum of coloured light pouring through a stained glass window...

As I Lay Dying
AuthorWilliam Faulkner
As I Lay Dying is Faulkner’s harrowing account of the Bundren family’s odyssey across the Mississippi countryside to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Narrated in turn by each of the family members—including Addie herself—as well as others, the novel ranges in mood, from dark comedy to the...
Swallows and Amazons
AuthorArthur Ransome
Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC's Big Read Poll of 2003.

Swallows and Amazons, despite it being a popular old-fashioned children's book that almost every adult in England would have read, has never been on my radar and I don't think I'd ever even heard...
Civilization and Its Discontents
AuthorSigmund Freud
It stands as a brilliant summary of the views on culture from a psychoanalytic perspective that he had been developing since the turn of the century. It is both witness and tribute to the late theory of mind—the so-called structural theory, with its stress on aggression, indeed the death drive, as...
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'All decent people live beyond their incomes nowadays, and those who aren't respectable live beyond other peoples'

Saki (H.H. Munro) stands alongside Anton Chekhov and O Henry as a master of the short story. His extraordinary stories...
AuthorMargaret Ayer Barnes
This family saga centres on the life of Chicago native Jane Ward and her upper-class family and friends. We meet her as a young teen and watch her transformation from carefree girl to independent Bryn Mawr student to reluctant wife to worrying mother and grandmother. With so many characters involved,...
High Wages
AuthorDorothy Whipple
What a little, shiny Pearl of a BOOK.

"Unfortunately, readability is not a quality that is studied in universities; thus no literary critic has ever defined what makes Dorothy Whipple’s domestic, everyday books so gripping."

Quoted from the website of Persephone books and I couldn't...
AuthorGabriel Chevallier
1915: Jean Dartemont heads off to the Great War, an eager conscript. The only thing he fears is missing the action. Soon, however, the vaunted “war to end all wars” seems like a war that will never end: whether mired in the trenches or going over the top, Jean finds himself caught in the midst of an unimaginable,...
AuthorSiegfried Sassoon
”I, single human being with my little stock of earthly experience in my head, was entering once again the veritable gloom and disaster of the thing called Armageddon. And I saw it then as I see it now---a dreadful place, a place of horror and desolation which no imagination could have invented. Also...
AuthorOlaf Stapledon
"No book before or since has ever had such an impact upon my imagination," declared Arthur C. Clarke of Last and First Men. This masterpiece of science fiction by British philosopher and writer Olaf Stapledon (1886–1950) is an imaginative, ambitious history of humanity's future that spans billions...
AuthorDorothy L. Sayers
The grotesquely grinning corpse in the Devonshire shack was a man who died horribly -- with a dish of mushrooms at his side. His body contained enough death-dealing muscarine to kill 30 people. Why would an expert on fungi feast on a large quantity of this particularly poisonous species. A clue to the...
AuthorT.S. Eliot
Ash Wednesday, T.S. Eliot
Who walked between the violet and the violet
Who walked between
The various ranks of varied green
Going in white and blue, in Mary's colour,
Talking of trivial things
In ignorance and knowledge of eternal dolour
Who moved among the others...
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