The Classics Club Spin #ccspin #32 pick for TCL!

tcl clasics club spinOur lucky winning number for the 32st Classics Club Spin is…

Six!

According to my announcement post, this means I will be reading…

Which Way?by Theodora Benson.

According to Goodreads… ‘There was no one in the room. Blinds and curtains were closed; the light of the skies, if any, was shut out. … Only the fire was alive, consuming its life – for what? Then the door opened and as Claudia came with hurried steps into the fire’s glow, two open letters in her hand, the telephone began ringing. She shut the door and turned up the lights.’ Claudia Heseltine returns to this moment three times in a series of parallel narratives. As the novel presses the re-set button, she accepts each invitation, one by telephone, two by letter, to a specific social event, and in doing so her life goes down a different path with its own possibilities and achievements, sorrows and disappointments. This is an inventive novel, published in 1931, which contemplates the consequences of a single decision.

Which Way

So… Am I happy about this?

Yes! My fellow blogger Simon @ Stuck in a Book talked about this book back in March on his blog, and I immediately put it on my wish list (along with a whole bunch of others, obviously). The concept, while a touch unusual, isn’t at all magical, but it does sound very creative with a unique concept. If you’ve ever seen the movie Sliding Doors with Gwyneth Paltrow, you’ll get the idea here. Anyway, as my regular readers know, I was in London in late September-early October, and I made it a point to visit the British Library. Sadly, their bookshop was closed at the time, but they did have a few books available in their gift shop. This was one of them, and I snatched it up.

Now all I have to do is read and review this book by the 29th of January, 2023. This isn’t a very long book – just over 200 pages including Simon’s afterward (yes, he did do that for this new edition. In fact, he’s the British Library’s series consultant for these books). So, I know I can get this one in, since it will probably be a relatively quick read, to which I’m truly looking forward.

What about you?

What book did you get with this Classics Club Spin?

This book was originally published in 1931. However, British Library Publishing re-released this novel on September 16, 2021 as part of their British Library Women Writers series. This book is available to purchase (via the following affiliate links) from Amazon, Blackwell’s, Foyles, The Book Depository UK and The Book Depository US (both with free worldwide delivery), Waterstones, WHSmith, Wordery UK and Wordery US, Kobo US (eBooks and audiobooks), the website eBooks.com, Booksamillion.com, iTunes (iBooks and audiobooks), new or used from Alibris, used from Better World Books (promoting libraries and world literary), as well as from as well as from Bookshop.org and UK.Bookshop (to support independent bookshops, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic) or an IndieBound store near you.

To find out about this unique reading challenge, please visit The Classics Club Blog for the rules and link-up post.

11 thoughts on “The Classics Club Spin #ccspin #32 pick for TCL!

    1. You should check out Simon’s blog. He’s really into vintage fiction, and helps find books for the Dean Street Press Furrowed Middlebrow series. And he advises to the British Library. The guy knows his vintage fiction!

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  1. I’m envying you the 200 pages book you got in the spin – mine is over 600 pages…

    Which Way also reminds me of The Midnight Library by Matt Haig where someone gets to explore what would have happened if they had taken certain paths in their life

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    1. Trust me, I make a concerted effort to make sure that the books I put on my CCspin list aren’t doorstops! I’m mildly dyslexic so I’m a slow reader. Big books scare me (most of the time).

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  2. I was quite happy with the number because I got a book that I had just been given for my birthday by a friend:
    Suttner, Bertha von “Die Waffen nieder!” (Down with Weapons! or Lay Down Your Arms!) – 1889

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  3. Classics just don’t work for me. I know that’s a grand sweeping statement, and I do occasionally try them, but I am never wowed, though I appreciate them from afar. I hope you enjoy reading your “#6.”

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    1. I know a lot of people don’t care for the classics in general, but you never know – one day you might try one that does wow you! I’m looking forward to this one a great deal, thanks!

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