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2011 Reading

January:
1. Thunder on the Right, by Mary Stewart
2. Henrietta Sees it Through, by Joyce Dennys
3. The Winter Journey, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
4. The Bolter, by Frances Osborne
5. Crossriggs, by Mary and Jane Findlater
7. The Devil's Acre, by Matthew Plampin
8. Devoted Ladies, by Molly Keane
9. Harriet Hume, by Rebecca West
10. The Loved and Envied, by Enid Bagnold

February:
1. The Lion of Mortimer, by Juliet Dymoke
2. The Tudor Secret, by CW Gortner
3. The Three Sisters, by May Sinclair
4. Madame Tussaud, by Michelle Moran
5. Every Eye, by Isobel English
6. The Du Mauriers, by Daphne Du Maurier
7. Sisters by a River, by Barbara Comyns
8. A Very Great Profession, by Nicola Beauman

March:
2. Hester, by Margaret Oliphant
3. Death of a Red Heroine, by Qiu Xiaolong
4. Unbeaten Tracks in Japan, by Isabella Bird
5. The Outcast, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
6. The Glass-Blowers, by Daphne Du Maurier
7. Alas, Poor Lady, by Rachel Ferguson
8. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte

April:
1. Mrs. Miniver, by Jan Struther
2. Anderby Wold, by Winifred Holtby
3. Up the Country, by Emily Eden
4. A Glass of Blessings, by Barbara Pym
5. In a Summer Season, by Elizabeth Russell Taylor
6. The Mirage, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
7. The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton
8. In the Garden of Beasts, by Erik Larson
9. Wish Her Safe at Home, by Stephen Benatar
10. The Falcons of Montabard, by Elizabeth Chadwick
11. The Curate's Wife, by EH Young

May:
1. The Diary of a Provincial Lady, by EM Delafield
2. The Invisible Bridge, by Julie Orringer
3. The Perfect Summer, by Juliet Nicolson
4. The Three Miss Kings, by Ada Cambridge
5. Troy Chimneys, by Margaret Kennedy
6. The Virago Book of Women Travellers, ed. by Mary Morris
7. Flush: A Biography, by Virginia Woolf

June:
1. The Five Red Herrings, by Dorothy L. Sayers
2. Touch Not the Cat, by Mary Stewart
3. Saraband, by Eliot Bliss
4. The Daughter of Siena, by Marina Fiorato
5. Don't Look Now: Stories by Daphne Du Maurier
6. There Were No Windows, by Norah Hoult
7. Cassandra at the Wedding, by Dorothy Baker
8. A Pin to See the Peepshow, by F Tennyson Jesse
9. The Dark Enquiry, by Deanna Raybourn
10. The Heroine's Bookshelf, by Erin Blakemore
11. How Reading Changed My Life, by Anna Quindlen
12. West With the Night, by Beryl Markham

July:
1. Before Versailles, by Karleen Koen
2. Anne of Green Gables, by LM Montgomery
4. I'm Not Complaining, by Ruth Adam
5. Lady of the English, by Elizabeth Chadwick

August:
1. The Land of Spices, by Kate O'Brien
2. All Passion Spent, by Vita Sackville-West
3. Mary Olivier, by May Sinclair
4. Myself When Young, by Daphne Du Maurier
5. Mad Puppetstown, by Molly Keane
6. Cindie, by Jean Devanny

September:
1. Miss Mole, by EH Young
3. Reuben Sachs, by Amy Levy
4. The Rose Garden, by Susanna Kearsley
5. The Group, by Mary McCarthy
6. The Closed Door and Other Stories, by Dorothy Whipple

October:
1. Testament of Youth, by Vera Brittain
3. Company Parade, by Storm Jameson
4. Aspergirls, by Rudy Simone
5. The Way I See It, by Temple Grandin
6. Cold Comfort Farm, by Stella Gibbons
7. Thinking in Pictures, by Temple Grandin
8. Round About a Pound a Week, by Maud Pember Reeves

November:
1. Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte
2. The World My Wilderness, by Rose Macaulay
3. One Fine Day, by Mollie Panter-Downes
4. The Bookshop, by Penelope Fitzgerald
5. Ordinary Families, by E. Arnot Robinson
6. Asperger's Syndrome and Anxiety, by Nick Dubin
7. The Winds of Heaven, by Monica Dickens
8. Bricks and Mortar, by Helen Ashton
9. The Loving Spirit, by Daphne Du Maurier

December:
1. The Camomile, by Catherine Carswell
2. The Blank Wall, by Elizabeth Sanxay Holding
3. Family History, by Vita Sackville-West

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