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Arnold Bennett

  • Mental Efficiency | Arnold Bennett

    In this light-hearted yet thought-provoking collection of articles, Bennett offers his thoughts on exercising your mind, organizing your life, marriage, books and happiness, and other pocket philosophies. The book stands the test of time and is still relevant and amusing.

  • The Card | Arnold Bennett

    The ‘Card’ in question is Edward Henry Machin – his mother called him ‘Denry.’
    This light-hearted story is of his rise from humble beginnings as the son of a washerwoman and sempstress in the last quarter of the nineteenth century, in the pottery towns (which Arnold Bennett christened ‘The...

  • Hilda Lessways | Arnold Bennett

    This book is the second in Bennett’s four books about life in the Five Towns (the real life Potteries in Staffordshire). It tells the story of Hilda before her marriage to Edwin Clayhanger (from the first book). Bennett explores Hilda's ambition to make a career for herself, her coming of age...

  • Clayhanger | Arnold Bennett

    This first of a series of four novels (Clayhanger, Hilda Lessways, These Twain and The Roll-Call) is a coming-of-age story set in the Midlands of Victorian England, following Edwin Clayhanger as he leaves school, takes over the family business, and falls in love.
    The books are set in...

  • Buried Alive: a Tale of These Days | Arnold Bennett

    The hero is Mr Priam Farll, a painter of considerable ability. He is, however, extremely shy – so shy that when his valet, Henry Leek, dies suddenly, the doctor believes the dead man to be Priam Farll and the live man the valet. The artist does not try to disabuse him. After the funeral (in...

  • Tales of the Five Towns | Arnold Bennett

    This is a selection of short stories recounting, with gentle satire and tolerant good humour, the small town provincial life at the end of the nineteenth century, based around the six towns in the county of Staffordshire, England, known as the Potteries. Arnold Bennett chose to fictionalize...

  • How to Live on 24 Hours a Day | Arnold Bennett

    “Which of us lives on twenty-four hours a day? And when I say ‘lives,’ I do not mean exists, nor ‘muddles through.’”

    Arnold Bennett knew a “rat race” when he saw one. Every day, his fellow white-collar Londoners followed the same old routine. And they routinely decried the sameness in...

  • The Old Wives' Tale | Arnold Bennett

    The Old Wives’ Tale is a novel by Arnold Bennett. It deals with the lives of two very different sisters, Constance and Sophia Baines, following their stories from their youth, working in their mother’s draper’s shop, into old age. It is generally regarded as one of Bennett’s finest works. It...

  • The Pretty Lady | Arnold Bennett

    The Pretty Lady’ is considered to be one of Bennett's most revealing and under-rated works. It is the story of a French prostitute, Christine, who has escaped from wartime Ostend, and set herself up in business in London. Though a refugee, she demands no pity; she is self-sufficient, practical...

  • The Feast of St. Friend | Arnold Bennett

    In The Feast of St. Friend, a Christmas book, Arnold Bennett shares his views on Christmas as the season of goodwill. As always, Bennett's writing includes some thought-provoking ideas liberally spiced with his wry sense of humor, and as always too, you can barely believe it was written so long...

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