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DHL and Jessie Chambers Reading List

Updated: Oct 5, 2019

Looking for something to read this Autumn? Want to try some classics but not sure where to begin? You might find some inspiration from the novels that DH Lawrence and Jessie Chambers picked up at the Mechanics' Institute Library on a Thursday evening and discussed avidly as they walked across the fields to Haggs Farm.

Here are 10 of their favourites:

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (Was the first book DHL gave Jessie)

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (This was DHL's favourite Dickens according to Jessie)

Last of the Mohicans by Fenimore Cooper

Lorna Doone by RD Blackmore

Adam Bede by George Eliot

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (Jessie said DHL was fascinated by it)

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (Jessie says DHL made her promise she wouldn’t read it: ‘You mustn’t that’s all. It might upset you.’)

Vanity Fair by Thackeray

Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Scarthin Books have made a beautiful display about Lawrence and Jessie's reading and also sell a range of classics and Lawrence new and second hand - why not nip over to Cromford and be inspired?


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