South Riding by Winifred Holtby

South Riding cover

I have to say a big thank you to Virago for sending me a copy of this book. I did read it years and years ago, not long after reading Vera Brittain’s Testament of Youth in which Winifred was mentioned as being a great friend of Vera and a very good writer. I intend to re-read it at some point soonish and post a review because I did really enjoy it the first time round.

The new Virago publication has a lovely cover, it’s a Yorkshire Dales British Railways poster and they’re always so stylish and redolent of the 1930s. Shirley Williams (Vera Brittain’s daughter) has written the preface.

Apparently Andrew Davies has done a new dramatization of it for the BBC starring David Morrissey and Anna Maxwell Martin, so that’s something to look forward to.

Again thanks to Virago for the unexpected copy.

8 thoughts on “South Riding by Winifred Holtby

  1. Oooh, jealous! And I love the cover, much nicer than the TV/movie-tie in version (nothing against Anna Maxwell Martin, I just prefer artwork to photos of actors). And that is a beautiful poster. I already have a copy to pre-order in my cart, it doesn’t publish here in the US until June or so.

    • Karen,
      I really haven’t got the foggiest notion who Anna Maxwell Martin is, I’m not that great at recognising modern actors, the female ones anyway!
      Covers always seem tacky to me when they have someone on them. Much classier to have a piece of artwork. We’ll be at June in no time at all!

      • AMM is a wonderful young actress who also played Esther in the 2005 BBC adaptation of Bleak House, one of my favorites. I think she was also in the North and South adaptation (which I haven’t seen because I want to read the book first).

        I just love the cover of the book — maybe if I start reviewing more Virago books, they’ll start sending me freebies as well!

        • Karen,
          I’m terrible with names but I’ve seen those adaptations so I googled her and of course I recognise her face. She was Cassandra in Becoming Jane as well.
          I haven’t a clue why they sent me the book, I signed up for their newsletter a few weeks ago and I have blogged a few times about Virago as I’ve never been disappointed by one. That’s the first freebie book I’ve ever been sent, I hope we both get some more!

  2. I am looking forward to this when it comes on the TV.

    I love the picture as well – much better than the TV Tie in’s. I always think they spoil the true book that way – sticking the famous person on the front.

    I bought Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – but not the film tie in. I had to ask for the non film tie in!! They thought me strange!

    • Jo,
      I’m looking forward to it too. Apparently there has already been one on tv but it was in 1974, when I was 15 but I’m sure I didn’t see it.
      I agree with you about the cover. People often think I’m strange too, but it would be terrible to be like everyone else!

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