I’m a fan of Wilkie Collins and I enjoyed The Fallen Leaves, albeit no quite as much as No Name and especially The Woman in White. Still, its principal character, an American Socialist waltzing to England expecting his direct and egalitarian style to be wholly accepted is amusing and lovable. The author uses liberal amounts of foreboding that date the story but the themes, from the treatment of women to class divisions, are surprisingly modern. And if some think that this novel is the worst of the lot, I beg to disagree. (I will review my worst of the lot in an upcoming post).