News and Reviews

  • Midlands meeting

    Midlands meeting

    The Society’s regional groups, together with so much else, stopped meeting during the Covid lockdowns, but there are tender green shoots of recovery. To (hopefully) get things started again, there’s a meeting in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, on September 9th, open to all ATS members who feel able and inclined to join us for quiche, cake, and…

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  • International Cat Day

    International Cat Day

    Today is International Cat Day, an excuse to remember Gunnar Tebben. Here he is in Chapter 4 (Rehearsal with Interludes) of August Folly doing what he does best – stealing and then boasting about it. On this occasion it earns him the thanks and approbation of Margaret, Richard and Mr Tebben. “Mrs. Tebben, prowling in…

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  • Angela’s Animals

    Angela’s Animals

    A recent project to repair dust jackets has been the opportunity for dipping randomly into the novels (naturally) and I’ve particularly noticed the animals in Angela Thirkell’s books. Putting the Keiths’ cook’s approach to cat population control to one side (or not, as it was probably widely accepted at the time; E M Delafield’s Provincial…

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  • Journal number 43

    Journal number 43

    The 2023 ATS Journal is ready for posting. If you’re a member and your copy hasn’t arrived by mid-August, please get in touch so we can check and, if needed, update your details. This year’s issue includes an introduction to the model for Modestine Tebben and an examination of the part played by the weather…

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  • Astley Hall

    Astley Hall

    This is Astley Hall, Stourport, the home of Stanley and Lucy Baldwin. Lucy (Angela McInnes/Thirkell called her “Aunt Cissie”) invited Angela, Graham, and Colin to stay in a cottage on the estate for most of July 1918 and into August. In her diary, transcribed and published by the Angela Thirkell Society of North America, Angela…

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  • Save the date! 2023 AGM

    Save the date! 2023 AGM

    The 2023 edition of the Angela Thirkell Society Journal (number 43) will be posted out to members at the end of this month, in good time for the AGM. This year’s AGM will be a Zoom only event, so no one needs to worry about travel arrangements. More details will be provided with the Journal…

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  • The Loss of Craftsmanship

    The Loss of Craftsmanship

    “Where do you go now, if you have an electric iron or a toaster that needs repairs?” has become a common complaint. Replacing a household appliance is a waste of the Earth’s resources, especially when we’re all admonished to reduce landfill and waste. It’s not a new problem. Here is Sam Adams, talking to Mr…

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  • Annual outing 2023 – Stanway House

    Annual outing 2023 – Stanway House

    The Society’s outing 2023 was to Chipping Campden and Stanway House. Angela stayed at Stanway for a few weeks in 1917, after the end of her marriage to James Campbell McInnes. Cynthia Asquith described Angela at the time as “the pathetic refugee”. Stanway House has many other associations with Angela’s family, including her godfather, J…

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  • Pre-Raphaelite comfort

    Pre-Raphaelite comfort

    Who doesn’t love an Arts and Crafts interior? But perhaps it isn’t the most comfortable style to live with. Here’s Angela Thirkell’s very practical nostalgia about her grandparents’ (Edward and Georgiana Burne-Jones) furniture, taken from “Three Houses”: “As I look back on the furniture of my grandparents’ two houses I marvel chiefly at the entire…

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