I often wonder what it is that prompts publishers to re-issue the works of some authors and not others. It’s wonderful and fully justifiable that the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Pym, Muriel Spark, Angela Thirkell and some vintage mystery writers continue to be made available to new generations of readers, I’m a huge fan of all these so I would hardly complain. Yet there are dozens of other writers out there surely, equally deserving of having their work re-issued. Jane at Fleurinherworld – has declared this coming Sunday – January 25th to be Margery Sharp day, an author I think would be top of Jane’s list to be re-issued by someone out there. I hadn’t ever read Margery Sharp, until I picked up The Foolish Gentlewoman, which – at the time of writing I am enjoying enormously. So if you’re talking books on the internet on Sunday – give a little shout out to Margery Sharp – you don’t have to be a blogger, just get a bit of chat going. There will be reviews of Margery Sharp books popping up in various places, including my review of The Foolish Gentlewoman, maybe you’ll find you fancy reading some yourself. It seems creating a buzz helps in these things, and wouldn’t it be fab if Margery Sharp books were to be re-issued as a result.
I tried to do something similar last June – for Mary Hocking, with a #rememberMary month of reading, it wasn’t a huge success, oh well. I still maintain her books deserve re-issuing too – but it seems I was a bit of a lone voice, and some people who wanted to read her books found them too hard to get hold of. Still I loved reading those I did, and I still have three tbr. It would delight me to have someone re-issue Mary Hocking – so I think I may do another #rememberMary event this coming June even if I am on my own, – in fact maybe I should bang on about her every year – until everyone starts listening. So you all have fair warning, if you want to join in with #rememberMary this year, it will be June again – maybe I should limit it to a week this time, I’ll give it some thought – and share dates with you another time. I have found second hand copies of some of her books fairly reasonably priced, although her earlier novels really do seem hard to get.