Book reviews, musings and waffle from a British lit addict
January 24, 2016
The Crimson Petal and the White: A Read-Along!
I bought The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber at the end of last year and it looks amazing. It also looks very long. And what do long books need? A read-along!
I can’t actually take the credit for this idea. It was Hanna‘s. We were talking about the book and she suggested a read-along. I was that easily persuaded. I’ll post a schedule nearer the time but my current plan is to split the read-along across 6 weeks, starting on Sunday 14th February and finishing on 27th March. This means we’ll be reading about 140 pages a week. I’ll do a post every Sunday with some prompts or something based on the week’s reading for us to talk about.
If you haven’t heard of the book, it’s a historical fiction novel set in Victorian London:
Watch your step. Keep your wits about you; you will need them…
So begins this irresistible voyage into the dark side of Victorian London. Amongst an unforgettable cast of low-lifes, physicians, businessmen and prostitutes, meet our heroine Sugar, a young woman trying to drag herself up from the gutter any way she can. Be prepared for a mesmerising tale of passion, intrigue, ambition and revenge
I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about it.
Need more persuading? Here’s the pretty bloody perfect opening paragraph:
“Watch your step. Keep your wits about you; you will need them. This city I am bringing you to is vast and intricate, and you have not been here before. You may imagine, from other stories you’ve read, that you know it well, but those stories flattered you, welcoming you as a friend, treating you as if you belonged. The truth is that you are an alien from another time and place altogether“
You can sign up in the linkie below. You don’t have to have a blog to take part – feel free to tweet about the read-along, Instagram your way through the book or keep track of your reading on GoodReads. Wherever you like!