classic literature

Ready for the Winter Big Read

Thanks to all who voted and left feedback from earlier in the week. It was a close race between two of the titles, but the one that I was originally leaning towards came out the winner. I hope to read the other two in the near future as I’ve been meaning to add more classics back in to my repertoire. And now, without further ado…

winter big read logo v3

By what I’ve read, The Lodger by Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes, was inspired to write her 1913 novel after living in London during the time of Jack the Ripper. According to,

The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes was inspired by the Jack the Ripper murders. An older couple, the Buntings, are forced to take in lodgers to make ends meet. They are on the verge of starvation when a mysterious man, Mr. Sleuth, appears at their door and asks for lodging, paying in advance. However, when the murders of young women in London attributed to a man known only as “The Avenger” continue, the Buntings, particularly Mrs. Bunting, grow fearful that their lodger may be the murderer.

lodger coverI am really looking forward to putting all other books aside (alas, I’m a serial multi-book-at-a-time reader) and concentrating on this one, alone. I also hope to be able to slow down, for I read very quickly. If anyone feels inclined to join me, The Lodger is in the public domain, meaning you can easily access it for free (digital) or cheaply (paperback), and as a free audiobook.

Project Gutenberg | Feedbooks | Librivox (audiobook)

Also, The Lodger was adapted into a film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1927. This was one of his first films. Before becoming the filmmaker we know of today, Hitchcock worked in Germany on many of the German Expressionism films distributed by UFA. I haven’t watched the film, yet, but I plan to after reading this. According to, the silent film starring Ivor Novello has obvious German Expressionism influence.

The film, too, is in the public domain and can be viewed in its entirety at