This painting, ‘Forbidden Books’, was painted by Alexander Mark Rossi in 1897.

Books such as ‘The Awakening’ by Kate Chopin and ‘The Odd Women’ by George Gissing were being published around then, which were challenging some of society’s norms of the late 19th century.

Perhaps they were amongst these books scattered across the room? I’d love to know!

Join me in reading some well-loved classics, and in discovering some lesser-known new favourites. One hundred books in all, one published in each year from 1850 to 1949.

It’s a treasure trove!