Dear readers, it is at long last April, and you know what means! READ OF ENGLAND 2017 is officially on, a month dedicated wholly to England -- English history, literature, culture, and personalities. Why April? April 23rd is both the feast day of St. George, patron saint of England, and the death anniversary of England's most lauded writer, William Shakespeare. The usual suspects are likely: classics like Dickens or Austen, mysteries from Christie or Doyle, and historical fiction from Simon Scarrow. There will also be a few surprises, however. Never one to do things by half-measures, I'm also going to be enjoying the fourth season of Jeeves and Wooster and the third season of Vicar of Dibley this month. I love Read of England.
(Speaking of surprises, did anyone else know that A Study in Scarlet is one-third western? )