I’m reading The Magnificent Hoax by E. Phillips Oppenheim after just finishing Up the Golden Ladder. I love this guy because of the worlds he take me to — London clubs, resorts in Monaco, country dinner parties — all in the thirties. You definitely get the slice of life that arcane bookies like me are looking for.
From Oppenheim, I’ve learned how to behave at my club, if I ever join one.
I have to say these are interesting books, even though I seem to get sunk in them, reading a half a paragraph and falling asleep. But that’s because those few lines were enough to evoke a dream…
This guy is like Rafael Sabatini; he works hard and delivers the goods. And he wrote more than 150 books. My favorite is Nobody’s Man.