Reviews

  • HAPPY RETURNS

    HAPPY RETURNS

    Cover notes and reviews of Angela Thirkell’s 1952 Barsetshire novel, “Happy Returns”. This book was also published in the USA by Alfred A. Knopf,Inc under the title “Happy Return”. Cover notes from the Hamish Hamilton edition: “BARSETSHIRE again. But with Mrs. Thirkell’s books one might say ‘Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose‘ [The…

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  • NORTHBRIDGE RECTORY

    NORTHBRIDGE RECTORY

    Hamish Hamilton edition Notes from the dust jacket of the 1941 novel Northbridge Rectory by Angela Thirkell. In her latest book Mrs. Thirkell is, if we may so express ourselves, more Thirkell-ish than ever. As escape from the war appears to be impossible, she continues her ” Barsetshire War Survey’ in a novel which has…

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  • WILD STRAWBERRIES

    WILD STRAWBERRIES

    Cover notes from the novel Wild Strawberries by Angela Thirkell. The book is currently published by Virago Modern Classics and available in Paperback, eBook or downloadable Audiobook. ‘Charming, very funny indeed. Angela Thirkell is perhaps the most Pym-like of any twentieth-century author, after Pym herself’ Alexander McCall Smith Pretty, impecunious Mary Preston, newly arrived as…

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  • O, THESE MEN, THESE MEN!

    O, THESE MEN, THESE MEN!

    Hamish Hamilton edition Notes from the dust jacket of the 1935 novel “O, These Men, These Men!” by Angela Thirkell. When Caroline Danvers left her impossible husband and, having nowhere else to go, took refuge with his father and mother, she believed that life held very little more of pleasantness in store for her. She…

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  • THE DEMON IN THE HOUSE

    THE DEMON IN THE HOUSE

    Cover notes from the novel The Demon In The House by Angela Thirkell. Hamish Hamilton This is the frightfully frustrating story of Tony Morland who first appeared in High Rising. A sweeter demon doesn’t exist than this 12-year old with a gift for disconcerting remarks and getting what he wants from his mother. Boys will…

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  • HIGH RISING

    HIGH RISING

    Cover notes from the 1933 novel High Rising, by Angela Thirkell. The book was the first in a long running series of Thirkell novels based in Anthony Trollope’s fictional Barsetshire. MRS. THIRKELL had already made a considerable reputation with her book of reminiscences, Three Houses, when she delighted thousands of novel readers with Ankle Deep,…

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  • LOVE AT ALL AGES

    LOVE AT ALL AGES

    Love At All Ages by Angela Thirkell. Images and text are from the original dust jacket of the book published in 1959 by Hamish Hamilton. Old and new Barsetshire Characters ANGELA THIRKELL’s latest Barsetshire chronicle brings us up to date with the lives of many of the county’s favourite older characters as well as introducing…

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  • THE OLD BANK HOUSE

    THE OLD BANK HOUSE

    The 1949 novel, The Old Bank House by Angela Thirkell. The changing face of Barsetshire! The face of Barsetshire is changing, and the fate of the Old Bank House, Miss Sowerby’s attractive eighteenth-century home in the High Street at Edgewood, neatly symbolises what is happening to the county as a whole. Miss Sowerby felt about…

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  • ENTER SIR ROBERT

    ENTER SIR ROBERT

    Cover notes from Enter Sir Robert, a Barsetshire novel by Angela Thirkell. It was first published in 1955. Mrs. Thirkell’s latest Barsetshire book might be called “A Novel without a Hero”, for her heroine, the youngest daughter of our old friend Lady Graham, though she has many admirers, is quite unconscious of them. Readers will…

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