Miss Fisher Reading List – Overture
Last September I made a post about the book Eunice was reading on the Ballarat Train, Bandit Love. (Link here) @phrynefashion left a note suggesting that we should do a Miss Fisher recommendations reading list. I thought it was a great idea but was hesitant to tackle it because there are many well-read Phans here, and I was reluctant to expose my shallow knowledge of English literatures. However, while making the new year’s resolutions, I put reading more books on my list for this year, so I decided to work on this series after all, hoping it will give me a jumpstart on the resolution.
Many of you are aware that English is not my first language, so there are books that may be familiar to you since childhood but could be a complete novelty to me. Some of them I have read in Chinese translations, but I haven’t read the original English version. Therefore, I am bound to miss some common references or present incorrect information. When that happens, I welcome you to provide corrections and/or input.
If you recall in S1E11 Blood and Circuses, when Mr. Jones described the circus acts, he said “Some of it’s really real and some of it’s really fake. But it’s all really, really good.” Based on my preliminary research, the same can be said about the books referenced on the show. I wouldn’t go as far as saying that it’s all really good, but some of them are indeed totally fake. It’s fun trying to decipher which ones are fake and find a comparable title as a substitute.
Last but not least, I am not ambitious (or naïve) enough to claim that I will be reading all of them by the end of this series (or even this year). This is simply an attempt to give myself the structure I need to prioritize my reading list. I am sure we all agree that there is never enough time to read everything we would like to read, so if I can get to a few of them, I will be happy.
p.s. Vintage art source (via Pinterest): flickr.com