Novel Guides (Relusions or References)

Angela Thirkell Relusions

‘I admit I don’t quite take the relusion,’ said Mr. Adams …’but my little Heth would, …she’s a great reader and anything literary she’s down on like a pack of wolves.’ – from the Angela Thirkell novel: The Old Bank House, Hamish Hamilton, 1949, p.25.

Sam Adams mistakenly used the word “relusion” instead of “allusion”. Wikipedia says: “an allusion is a passing or casually short statement indicating broader meaning. It is an incidental mention of something”.

Something our members find fascinating when reading and discussing Angela Thirkell books is tracking down all the “relusions”. If you’re a ‘Heth’, why not help us find more?

Click a linked title below to read explanations and origins of the intriguing allusions. Where available, brief synopses are listed too.

For a complete list of Angela Thirkell books, click here.

High Rising1933Synopsis
Wild Strawberries1934Synopsis
The Demon In The House1934Synopsis
O, These Men, These Men!1935Synopsis
August Folly1936
Summer Half1937
Coronation Summer1937
Pomfret Towers1938
Before Lunch1939
The Brandons1939
Cheerfulness Breaks In1940
Northbridge Rectory1941Synopsis
Marling Hall1942
Growing Up1943
The Headmistress1944
Miss Bunting1945
Peace Breaks Out1946
Private Enterprise1947
Love Among The Ruins1948
The Old Bank House1949Synopsis
County Chronicle1950
The Duke’s Daughter1951
Happy Returns1952
Jutland Cottage1953
What Did It Mean?1954
Enter Sir Robert1955Synopsis
Never Too Late1956
A Double Affair1957
Close Quarters1958
Love At All Ages1959Synopsis
Three Score And Ten1961Synopsis

 If you find any Relusions we’ve missed, or can help us with the ones we can’t trace, do please let us know via the contact page.


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