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  • Angela Thirkell Society events 2024

    Angela Thirkell Society events 2024

    We have three Angela Thirkell Society events for members’ diaries. The next meeting of the ATS Midlands Regional group will be in late-August in Cheltenham, where we’ll be looking at “Wild Strawberries“, the second in Thirkell’s Barsetshire series. Any member from anywhere is very welcome, so if you’d like more details please contact us using…

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  • May Day with the Mackails

    May Day with the Mackails

    How did the Mackail family mark May Day? Both Angela Thirkell and her younger brother, Denis Mackail, recalled the view from their day nursery window in Young Street, Kensington.  These extracts are taken from their recollections, “Three Houses” (published by Oxford University Press 1931) and “Where Am I?” (Hutchinson 1948). “Three Houses” – Next to the…

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  • Members’ library – our latest additions

    Members’ library – our latest additions

    The Angela Thirkell Society has a free library service for members. Our available books include all of Thirkell’s works – in various editions – biography, criticism, and social history, as well as works by Angela’s sons Graham McInnes and Colin MacInnes. There’s also a complete set of Angela Thirkell Society journals, and most of the…

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  • Midlands Spring meeting

    Midlands Spring meeting

    Angela Thirkell Society members in the Midlands region will hold their Spring meeting in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire on March 23rd 2024. Midlands regional meetings were resumed last year (2023) with two well attended events to discuss Coronation Summer, and Marling Hall. In both cases lively conversation ensued, and an excellent lunch. Although termed the Midlands region,…

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  • Thirkell eBooks – new titles

    Thirkell eBooks – new titles

    Exciting news that publisher Open Road Media has released 11 Thirkell titles as eBooks. Titles in the series are Private Enterprise, The Duke’s Daughter, Happy Returns, What Did It Mean?, Enter Sir Robert, Never Too Late, A Double Affair, Close Quarters, Love at All Ages, Three Score and Ten, and The Demon In The House.…

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  • Denis Mackail at Christmas

    Denis Mackail at Christmas

    Angela Thirkell’s younger brother, Denis Mackail, was an established novelist by the time his sister returned from Australia.  In 2022 the Angela Thirkell Society of North America printed the diary of Angela McInnes/Thirkell for the years 1918 and 1919, and this year (2023) published the diary of Margaret Mackail, Angela and Denis’s mother, for the…

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  • British Summer Time in Angela Thirkell’s Barsetshire

    British Summer Time in Angela Thirkell’s Barsetshire

    British Summer Time in Angela Thirkell’s novels is often the cause of complaint. During the war years, when Thirkell’s Barsetshire books were reflecting life on the Home Front, the adoption of British Summer Time and, more particularly, British Double Summer Time, are frequent causes of discontent. British Double Summer Time – putting clocks two hours…

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  • Midlands Winter meeting

    Midlands Winter meeting

    Following the modest success of September’s regional meeting, the group will be holding a pre-Christmas meeting at Stone, Staffordshire. The next Midlands meeting is open to all ATS members who feel able and inclined to join us for a shared lunch. Marling Hall is the book up for discussion but assume there will be divagations.…

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  • New editions from Virago

    New editions from Virago

    Good news for collectors of the Virago Modern Classics editions of the Barsetshire novels, with new editions of Angela Thirkell’s “Love Among the Ruins” and “The Old Bank House” planned for publication in 2024. This choice of titles means that “Private Enterprise” has been either passed over or forgotten, and we’re waiting for an update…

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