Anne Bronte,    Agnes Grey ,  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall   

Charlotte Bronte,   Jane Eyre   
The Professor

The Mysterious HC: pretty much agreed to be the least satisfactory of her four novels; I would save it for last.


The Mysterious HC: Shirley has a dry understated wit, and if you like the characters, you'll want to know what happens to them (though the book does fall apart a little bit towards the end).


Leigh: If you liked Jane Eyre, you will probably like this one too.

Emily Bronte,   Wuthering Heights   

Charles Dickens,   A Tale of Two Cities,   Great Expectations   

Fanny Burney,   

LauraN: When I was "close" (or at least, I thought I was) to finising Camilla, I started to read at 10:00 a.m. one day and didn't get up once until I finished and noticed it was dark outside and close to 11:30 p.m. - I was so engrossed in the story!

Recommended by LauraN

Nora: It was so wonderful, I couldn't put it down. Also recommended by LauraN

George Eliot,      Adam Bede
Jane O: If you're willing to tackle Middlemarch, then I recommend Adam Bede which is ever so much more interesting as a love story.
Daniel Deronda
Recommended by Cassia
Felix Holt  
Scenes of a Clerical Life

Henry Fielding,    Tom Jones   
A six hour TV series based on Tom Jones is now showing in the UK and will be seen in the US in the Spring

E.M. Forster,    A Room with a View   
Howard's End
Greg: a truly awesome book.

Where Angels Fear to Tread    
Recommended by Paula.

Galsworthy, John    The Forsyte Saga   
Jane Elizabeth: I reread it recently and it's quite a follow-up to Austen. The first book, A Man of Property, is the most complex and literary; the rest of the saga is more Masterpiece Theatre-ish and moves more quickly.

Elizabeth Gaskell,    Cranford  
Caroline: Elizabeth Gaskell was the wife of a minister, a penfriend of Charlotte Bronte and this book is about growing up in the English Midlands in about 1817. As such it is historically and geographically "in between" Bronte and Jane Austen. It also has a bit of both in its style. It is at times hilariously funny, very touching and paints a very clear and easy to understand picture of life in a small provincial town at that time. Also recommended by Constanza
Lizard: I have just re read Cranford after 20 years: what a lovely little book!

North and South
Recommended by Constanza
Wives and Daughters
Helen: The most "like Austen without being merely a pastiche" book I've read

William Godwin,   Caleb Williams  
See under Mysteries

Thomas Hardy,   Far From the Madding Crowd  
Recommended by AnneL, Kay and Constanza

Jude the Obscure  
Recommended by Alexandra

Return of the Native  
Scarlet: a great book, and probably my favorite of Hardy's.
Also recommended by Art

Tess of the Durbervilles  
Recommended by Alexandra

W. Somerset Maugham,   The Moon and Sixpence

George Meredith,   The Ordeal of Richard Feverell
Marsha: a great Victorian novel (and for those poeple who like Howard's end, the movie) is one of the books Leonard and the sisters quote.

Ann Radcliffe,   The Mysteries of Udolpho  
Recommended by Catherine Morland... ;-)

Walter Scott,    Ivanhoe     
Tony Blair (yes, really): my favourite book in the British language.
Marsha: I remember first reading it when I was 11, and I was in love with it ever since.
Caroline: Long passages of twaddle!

Mary Shelley,   Frankenstein   

Tobias Smollett,    Humphrey Clinker  
Aeliz1: Written in 1771, this novel is a series of letters written by Squire Bramble of Brambleton-Hall in Wales and his family during their four-month tour of England and Scotland. A comical, happy story.

William Makepeace Thakeray,    Vanity Fair  
Jane Elizabeth: In addition to the famous and indelible Becky Sharp, the book's pleasures include a view of the Regency from a writer with several decades of hindsight. It is interesting to compare Thackaray's cynical look at manners and mores with Austen's gentler ironic outlook. His descriptive powers are wonderful, if occasionally long-winded, and although the story is weak, it is enough of a soap opera to keep one's interest. If you last read it in English 101, give it another try.
Cassia:I hadn't read it since I was a teenager and now re-reading I find it much funnier and much more cynical a strory than before. Anyone who likes Scarlett O'Hara will love Becky Sharp who can scheme and conive with the best of them!

Anthony Trollope,    Barchester Towers
Recommended by Constanza

Elizabeth von Arnim,    The Enchanted April   
Kali: The Enchanted April isn't just a book, it's a state of mind. Be sure to see the film adaptation with Joan Plowright, Miranda Richardson, and Polly Walker - in some ways, it's better than the novel (if you can believe that!).

Virginia Woolf,   Mrs Dalloway     
Night and Day

Recommended by Helen and Constanza
To the Lighthouse

Erin: One of my all-time favorite novels.

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