The Mobile Library Reading Group has always liked to find new authors, this first novel by Louise Treger - The Lodger has been a big hit with the group! Have a look at a couple of reviews below.
I am often asked - how do we choose our books?
We have a very random approach; it can be any genre, new authors or established well-known authors. The Mobile Library has a huge amount of stock to choose from. I use the Library of Birmingham catalogue to see what is available and reserve items from across the City:
If you haven’t come across Louise Treger, here’s some information about her:
Louise Treger has worked as a classical violinist. She studied at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and worked as a freelance orchestral player and teacher. Treger subsequently turned to literature, gaining a First Class degree and a Ph.D. in English at University College London, where she focused on early 20th century women’s writing and was awarded the West Scholarship and the Rosa Morison Scholarship “for distinguished work in the study of English Language and Literature.”
Here are some of our members’ thoughts on The Lodger:
“Based on the real life story of early 20th century writer Dorothy Richardson, this evocative novel takes us back to the stuffy, stilted life women of this time were leading, unable to live life to the full, dictated to by society’s mores, secret lives and longings played out over a background of the fight for women’s suffrage and freedom to live and work as they wanted free from restrictions and rules of the time. Dorothy is a heroine living in the thick of this – the mistress of a famous married writer, lover of a woman companion and a fledgling writer herself. Reminiscent of Sarah Waters novels of the same time, it is evocative of the restricted lives of women at the time and the ways in which they struggled to overcome and be themselves, independent in a world still rules by men and Victorian values.”
A great way to see history through a women’s eye!
Reviewer: Su R
“The main characters are Dorothy Richardson, her best friend, Jane and J’s husband H G Wells. As the novel progresses, Veronica becomes one of the main characters. Dorothy lives in a boarding house in Bloomsbury, and works as a secretary in a dental surgery. Jane and HGW live in Kent. HGW is a serial philanderer he and Dorothy have an affair, meeting regularly in a house he owns somewhere in Bloomsbury. D. meets V. When the later moves into the house where D is boarding. The two women become friends and eventually lovers.
“I didn’t take to the novel immediately but was gripped by it after the first forty pages or so. A novel including a famous man didn’t appeal to me. I was irritated by their betrayal of Jane and irritated with Jane for putting up with the situation. I was interested in Veronica and her membership of the Suffragette movement. I thought she was a tough, principled character eventually spending time in Holloway Prison because of her political activities.
“I loved that the novel was set in Bloomsbury. I could picture all the streets and squares where they walked. I lived for many years in Holloway (not the prison!).
“I also found the author’s afterword very interesting. She discovered the character of Dorothy (who was not fictional) in the University of London Library and did her PhD at University College.
“The library is in the U of L Senate House where I worked for many years, I know the library very well. I also know UCL very well and used to know many people who worked there. For me it was like a walk down memory lane.”