"How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day" is a classic guide to making the most out your time. Written in response to the popularity of "How to Live on Such-and-Such an Amount of Money", this volume is based on the premise that time is more valuable than money, and it aims to enlighten people to this fact. Contents include: "The Daily Miracle", "The Desire to Exceed One's Programme", "Precautions Before Beginning", "Tennis and the Immortal Soul", "Remember...
"How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day" is part of a larger work entitled "How to Live." In this self-help volume, Bennett offers practical advice on how one might "live" as opposed to just "existing" within the limits of twenty-four hours a day. This quaint, but appealing book gives us a view into how to live one's life long before the advent of technology.
The Old Wives' Tale is a fantastic portrayal of two very different sisters, Constance and Sophia Baines, as they go through a variety of situations in their marriages and their relationships with their parents. It begins with stories from their youth and continues into their old age, covering a period of about 70 years in the cities of Burslem and Paris.
First published in 1907, The Ghost was the first of many "fantasias on modern times" written by Arnold Bennett. These illustrated his ability to produce not only realistic novels, perfected in his portrayals of provincial English life set in the Staffordshire scenery of his childhood, but also more sensational stories, written after his move to London where he developed a far more cosmopolitan interest. A supernatural story, The Ghost tells the tale...
"The Pretty Lady" 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 and realistic. Bennett began writing the novel in May 1917. (Excerpt from Wikipedia)
At the beginning a misconception must be removed from the path. Many people, if not most, look on literary taste as an elegant accomplishment, by acquiring which they will complete themselves, and make themselves finally fit as members of a correct society. They are secretly ashamed of their ignorance of literature, in the same way as they would be ashamed of their ignorance of etiquette at a high entertainment, or of their inability to ride a horse...
7) The Card
The novel chronicles the rise of Edward Henry Machin from washerwoman's son to Mayor of Bursley. Edward achieves this through luck, initiative and a fair bit of chutzpah.
The protagonists are an American millionaire, Theodore Racksole, and his daughter Nella. While staying at the supremely exclusive Grand Babylon Hotel, Nella asks for a steak and Bass beer for dinner, but the order is refused. To get her what she wants Racksole buys the entire hotel, for four hundred thousand pounds and a guinea. Shortly after the acquisition strange things start happening in the hotel.
A fantastic guide to increasing your intellectual acuity by English writer Arnold Bennett.
A strong novel about two couples in the process of getting divorced and how divorce is seen in the early 20th century.
Lilian, in dark blue office frock with an embroidered red line round the neck and detachable black wristlets that preserved the ends of the sleeves from dust and friction, sat idle at her flat desk in what was called the small room at Felix Grig's establishment in Clifford Street, off Bond Street. There were three desks, three typewriting machines and three green-shaded lamps. Only Lilian's lamp was lighted, and she sat alone, with darkness above...
12) The Lion's Share
Audrey had just closed the safe in her father's study when she was startled by a slight noise. She turned like a defensive animal to face danger. It had indeed occurred to her that she was rather like an animal in captivity, and she found a bitter pleasure in the idea, though it was not at all original.
13) The Roll-Call
George Edwin is an architect, and represents what his stepfather Edwin Clayhanger wished to become. He displays an unattractive arrogance because of the wealth behind him. He he thinks about adding electric light to his London dwelling, and decides that he - or rather, his stepfather - can well afford it.
Anna Tellwright, daughter of a wealthy but miserly and dictatorial father, lives in the Potteries area of Staffordshire, England. Her activities are strictly controlled by the Methodist church. Anna struggles for freedom and independence against her father's restraints, and her inward battle between wanting to please her father and wanting to help Willie Price whose father, Titus Price, committed suicide after falling into bankruptcy and debt.
No one is a worse guide to success than your typical successful man. He seldom understands the reasons of his own success; and when he is asked by a popular magazine to give his experiences for the benefit of the youth of a whole nation, it is impossible for him to be natural and sincere. He knows the kind of thing that is expected from him, and if he didn't come to London with half a crown in his pocket he probably did something equally silly, and...
In a characteristic for Arnold Bennett humorous style he takes us through ideas and techniques of staying sane and mindful. The book is about an idea which can transform a human mind leading to a more meaningful, mindful life.
The book consists of four volumes containing coming of age novels set in the Midlands of Victorian England. The story follows Edwin Clayhanger as he leaves school, takes over the family business, and falls in love. The second novel Hilda Lessways tells the story from her coming of age, her working experiences as a shorthand clerk and keeper of a lodging house in London and Brighton. These Twain, the third in the Clayhanger series, chronicles the married...
Rachel Fleckring falls in love with a family member of her employer, Mrs Maldon. Rachel's romance evolves and matures to recognise that her lover is not as perfect and honest as first imagined.
Richard Larch is a young man with talent and ambition. He moves to London to make his way in life. He takes a clerk's position in a law office and in his spare time makes attempts at writing and falling in love.
20) Mr. Prohack
Arthur Prohack is a Treasury official admired and feared by people at all levels of government. At home, he is affection itself to his quiet, ever-anxious wife, Marian, and to their two grown children. Drama unfolds with arrival of debtor whose loan Mr. Prohack had long ago written off. In this satirical work Arnold Bennett exposes the boundaries between the English middle and upper classes and the corrosive effects of too much money.