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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  413 ratings  ·  76 reviews
In 1950s London, a career girl decides it’s high time she snared herself a husband, in Margery Sharp’s high-spirited New York Times–bestselling novel

Professional dog photographer Louisa Datchett is indiscriminately fond of men. And men take shocking advantage of her good nature when they need their problems listened to, their socks washed, their prescriptions filled, and
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Hardcover, 216 pages
Published January 1st 1960 by Boston, Little, Brown
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Sep 21, 2020 marked it as to-read
$1.99 Kindle sale, Sept. 21, 2020. This 1960 book sound great for those who like retro reads with a little romance.
notgettingenough
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: modern-lit, humour
There I was profiling Sharp books as having a Tyler like quality of avoiding 'happily ever after' and here I am writing about one that makes me eat my words. It's all in the name, Something Light. It's a straightforward comedy in which the heroine sets out to become married and one way or another the closer she thinks she is, the further way she finds herself.

She's a 'good sort', an expression which seems to have fallen by the wayside. Indeed Sharp, who had a particular interest in language uses
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Ann-Marie
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anglophilia
Vintage Margery Sharp. Something Light, indeed. Just for fun, full of smiles, a perfect read for when the real world is falling apart. The adventures of a Photographer of Dogs, and helper of men in predicaments, who is beginning to feel she has been on the shelf a bit too long.

I loved it. Even if the promised corgis went to Scotland and never put in the promised appearance.
Rebecca McNutt
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well-written with a likeable main character and a great balance of humor and imagination.
Jan
I really wanted to love this! The cover was so perfect. But the plot just didn't do it for me. Very disappointed.
Susan T. Case
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Something Light was a delight. The main character, Louisa Datchett, is appealing and her story is compelling. She is a bright, resourceful, energetic and likeable young woman. Louisa is searching for a husband, having decided to try marriage. It takes several thoroughly enjoyable encounters before she realizes her search should also involve falling in love. As described by Margery Sharp, I picture Louisa as actress Emma Stone. I wish someone would make that movie! Something Light is, indeed, lig ...more
Barb
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An amusing, beautifully written romp of a story - the title describes it perfectly. Louisa Datchett, professional dog photographer and hitherto-contented "single lady" decides that it is time to try out marriage. Her adventures in pursuit of a suitable spouse give Margery Sharp much scope for her gentle (and very funny) satirical societal commentary.
Renee Babcock
After reading The Unconsoled, I wanted to read something light. So I started looking in my kindle, and there was this book, called of all things, Something Light. It took me a bit to get into it, but once I did, I thoroughly enjoyed it. There were only a few times when I could tell this book was 50 years old. Otherwise, it read very much as more contemporary women's fiction does. And it was a fun, charming read about a young modern, working woman who's decided to stop taking care of men all the ...more
Darcy
Jul 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
The main character was such a delight in her honest, forthright approach to life and her enthusiastic sympathy for everyone she loved. Which was men—all men. So it was so fatalistic that her selflessness unfailingly ended up in her being used by all the men she cared for. Maybe a giver only attracts a taker in life?
Luann Ritsema
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-ladies
Good for what ails you. Especially under a Trump administration. Light, funny, well written distraction. Now refreshed and back to fighting fascism!
Jane Maloney
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
A bit of an odd book.
Katharine Holden
Mar 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Fun, amusing read, with clever turns of phrase. I love the wry commentary on the freedom of being a femme sole who is answerable to no one juxtaposed with the reality that the femme sole also has no one backing her up. I plan to read more Margery Sharpe.
Cynthia Dunn
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Exactly as the title describes. Something light and delightful. My second book by Margery Sharp and I suppose I will continue to read her. But, "sagacious Jew." Do I detect a touch of anti-semitism or was it just the times?
Jim
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A nice light novel as the title says. This made a great sorbet to cleanse my palet after reading A Clash of Kings.
RobynRiana
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read for a weekend afternoon. I enoyed the author's style, impartial to her characters and witty about their flaws. Honestly, this plot would make an excellent Original Series (take note, Netflix or Amazon!)
You could call it...
'The Many Dogs of Miss Datchett'
...And cast an imposing redhead, like Karen Gillan, as the lanky heroine and modern 1950's career-woman, Louisa Datchett. Louisa is tender-hearted, quick to offer a meal or a kind word to any lonely stray to wander her way. H
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Lisa
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something Light was exactly that—a frothy and agreeable tale of a 1950s British woman tired of scrambling to make ends meet who decides what she needs is a husband. Of course you know that after several disastrous forays she'll end up with someone who's lurking in plain sight—I don't even think that counts as a spoiler in this kind of novel—and the question, of course, is who? This wasn't my usual fare, but it was fun, and I was won over by the fact that Louisa's a dog photographer. What a perfe ...more
LauraT
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
"For once, rarely, contemplating an abstract conception: the
position of the independent woman in modem society. Better
their lot by far, Louisa was sure of it, than that of the timid Victorian
wife trembling at a husband's frown. (On the other hand,
not all Victorian wives were timid; Mrs. Proudie, for instance,
browbeating her bishop, couldn't have been wholly fictional?)"

How can't I love a novel quoting Trollope?????????????
Andrea
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classic
I adore Margery Sharp and I adore this book and it was really perfect to read at a time when I was stressing out. Louisa is one of my favorites and watching her try to follow tradition in her own refreshing and unconventional way is a sheer delight.
Erin Kymes
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely light!

Reminds me of Beverly Cleary but in England. It was a quick and enjoyable read. I must type 5 words.
Pamela Shropshire
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do so much enjoy Margery Sharp's novels! Witty, slightly ironic and very intelligently written (I sometimes have to google various literary references and vocabulary words).

Louisa Datchett is a career woman, a professional photographer of dogs. She also likes men, but for her, that entails acting as a surrogate mother for single men who are mostly down on their luck. Then one day, as though struck by a bright light from heaven, she decides that being a married lady is far better than being an
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Lynn
Jan 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable. I read this in college and fantasized about someday romping through single life like the bachelorette in this book. I think she ends up finding love, which is morally tiresome, but the journey is fun.
Athena
Jun 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was a good, interesting book about single life of a woman in the late 40's/early 50's. I like reading period books that give a glimpse of how things worked in different times. This book came from my dad's collection.
Lesley
Jul 24, 2011 added it
Something Light about says it - Sharp can be better than this, pleasant though it was in parts. Too much obvious romance-tropery - I saw the end coming from the point the dour Scots architect appeared
Hendrix Eva
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Can't wait to read more of this author's books!

Favorite Quotes:

"At last, she'd met a man she positively disliked."

"'I never remember a woman', recalled Mr. McAndrew, 'annoying me more.'"

"In my view, the man's part is to provide and cherish, not to be taken care of like a bairn."
Jean
Jul 15, 2010 rated it really liked it


Pre-Chick-Lit Chick-Lit. Light and somewhat predictable, but charming and sweet.
Jenalyn
Jul 26, 2010 rated it liked it
The Nutmeg Tree is a lot better.
Lore Lippincott
Jun 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mid-1900s
A protagonist who's enjoyably imperfect.
Erin
Jan 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Obviously I like Louisa. Margery Sharp had a knack for characters who don't appear to notice any pressure to conform or behave. If there is any gossip or any former school friends who think she's fast, it doesn't come up. Louisa simply makes up her own mind about things & has a good time.

It did leave me wondering, though. In the 50s authors were often discreet in women's novels. If you wanted to believe that a woman never went beyond kissing there was no evidence to the contrary, and if you want
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Amy
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Contented sigh. I read so many serious things, that it’s a deep pleasure to reward myself from time to time with a thoroughly engrossing, purely fun novel. This novel was aptly titled, and I appreciated that I didn’t want to put it down and read it hungrily. I could feel for our heroine, both in her difficult attempts to disentangle herself from people who took advantage of her good will, her physical and emotional hunger, and her continual disappointments in the romantic line. The ending was ni ...more
Becky
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jane Austen's great first line for P&P: "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."

Margery Sharp's great first line for Something Light: "Louisa Mary Datchett was very fond of men."

Fantastic, right?

It's no coincidence, then, that I read Sharp and thought of Austen and was entirely charmed and delighted the entire time. Louisa is every bit as high-spirited and contrary as Lizzie Bennett, though her imagination and roma
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Margery Sharp was born Clara Margery Melita Sharp in Salisbury. She spent part of her childhood in Malta.

Sharp wrote 26 novels, 14 children's stories, 4 plays, 2 mysteries and many short stories. She is best known for her series of children's books about a little white mouse named Miss Bianca and her companion, Bernard. Two Disney films have been made based on them, called The Rescuers and The Res
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