Christmas at High Rising: A Virago Modern Classic

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Virago #ad - Originally published in the 1930s and 1940s and never before collected, escapades on ice, a Christmas Day gone awry, these stories by the incomparable Angela Thirkell relate merry scenes of a trip to the pantomime, and an electrifying afternoon for Laura Morland and friends at Low Rising, not to mention the chatter of the arty set at a London private view.

Charming, irreverent and full of mischievous humour, they offer the utmost entertainment in any season of the year.

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High Rising: A Virago Modern Classic

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Virago #ad - Successful lady novelist laura morland and her boisterous young son Tony set off to spend Christmas at her country home in the sleepy surrounds of High Rising. Can clever, help his daughter miss sibyl knox to secure her longed-for engagement?Utterly charming and very funny, what's more, practical Laura rescue George from Miss Grey's clutches and, High Rising is irresistible comic entertainment.

But laura's wealthy friend and neighbour George Knox has taken on a scheming secretary whose designs on marriage to her employer threaten the delicate social fabric of the village.

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Marling Hall

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Virago #ad - G. Observing everything and quietly keeping events on an even keel is the Marlings' sage old governess, Miss Bunting. The novels are a delight, with touches of E. M. Geoffrey begins to court lettice, the Marlings' widowed daughter, but he finds he has rivals for her affections in dashing David Leslie and Captain Barclay.

You read her, of marling hall, and want to do your best to protect her characters from any reality but their own' New York TimesMr Marling, laughing, has begun to accept - albeit reluctantly - that he will probably never be able to pass his wonderful old estate on to his children. Benson, E. Bohemian and sophisticated, they rent a local house, and it is not long before they begin to have an effect on their neighbours.

Marling Hall #ad - Delafield and P. Wodehouse' Independent on Sunday. F. Into their world arrive Geoffrey Harvey and his sister Frances, who have been bombed out of their London home. The second world war is bringing an end to so many things, but the Marlings carry on as best they can in the face of rationing and a shortage of domestic help.

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Wild Strawberries: A Virago Modern Classic

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Virago #ad - Meanwhile, the eccentric matriarch Lady Emily, have hopes of a different, Agnes and her mother, more suitable match for Mary. At the lavish rushwater dance party, her future happiness hangs in the balance. Pretty, newly arrived as a guest of her Aunt Agnes at the magnificent wooded estate of Rushwater, impecunious Mary Preston, falls head over heels for handsome playboy David Leslie.

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Summer Half: A Virago Modern Classic

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Virago #ad - Humorous, high-spirited and cleverly observed, Summer Half is a comic delight. Little does colin imagine that he will count among his pupils the demon in human form known as Tony Morland; or that the master's ravishing, feather-brained daughter Rose will, with her flights of fancy and many admirers, spread chaos throughout school and village.

To his parents' dismay, colin keith - out of the noble but misplaced sense of duty peculiar to high-minded young university graduates - chooses to quit his training for the Bar and take a teaching job at Southbridge School.

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Northbridge Rectory

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Virago #ad - And, egocentric, the major's wife, imperious Mrs Spender, to add to Mrs Villar's woes, is foisted on the rectory when she is bombed out of her London home. The middle-aged ladies and gentlemen who undertake roof-spotting from the church tower are more concerned with their own lives than with any possible parachutist raids.

There is the love triangle of Mr Downing, his redoubtable hostess Miss Pemberton and the hospitable Mrs Turner at the Hollies. Eight officers of the barsetshire regiment have been billeted at the rectory, the Rector's wife, and Mrs Villars, is finding the attentions of Lieutenant Holden who doesn't seem to mind that she is married to his host quite exhausting.

Northbridge Rectory #ad - As the war continues it brings its own set of trials to the the village of Northbridge. First published in 1941, northbridge Rectory is a captivating comedy of an English village in the War years.

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Cheerfulness Breaks In

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Virago #ad - A portrait of middle-class England raising a wartime spirit. As the village rallies round to supply huge numbers of evacuated cockney children with rabbit stew, the locals are seen in their true colours. England is on the brink of war, but the people of rural Barsetshire are not downhearted.

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Miss Bunting

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Virago #ad - Miss bunting, having lost so many of her former pupils to the war, shows an instinctive understanding of the younger generation - perhaps, however, she is more sympathetic to their needs. Barsetshire in the war years. Miss bunting, has been coaxed out of retirement by Sir Robert and Lady Fielding to tutor their daughter Anne, governess of choice to generations of Barsetshire aristocracy, sixteen years old, delicate, and totally lacking in confidence.

She may be a part of the old social order, where everyone knows their place, but is wise enough to realise that the war has turned everything on its head and nothing will ever be the same again - even in rural Barsetshire. First published in 1945, miss Bunting is a charming social comedy of village life during the Second World War.

Miss Bunting #ad - When anne makes friends with Heather Adams, the gauche daughter of a nouveau riche entrepreneur, her mother is appalled.

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Growing Up

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Virago #ad - Trying to do their part as the second world war ravages Europe, Sir Harry and Lady Waring open their estate to convalescing soldiers - bringing romance, drama, and subtle life lessons to the Warings' young niece and her friends. Growing up is the story of ladies, gentlemen, and their irrepressible children keeping the war at bay in their country town.

. Barsetshire in the war years.

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Before Lunch

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Virago #ad - At weekends he retires to Laverings Estate with his wife, Catherine. Jack middleton likes to imagine himself a country squire. Even jack begins to thaw. Before long, daphne and lord Bond's son become attracted to each other, but each believes the other is attached to someone else. Can disaster be averted before she marries the wrong man? First published in 1939, Before Lunch is a sparkling comedy from Angela Thirkell's much-loved classic series.

He may be pompous, and they may seem ill-matched, but the couple are devoted to each other. When jack's widowed sister, whereas her brother denis, lilian, is too lively for his taste, and her two stepchildren arrive to spend the summer in the neighbouring house, a composer, he dreads the intrusion to his idyll: Daphne, capable and ambitious, he finds a crashing bore.

Before Lunch #ad - But their wit and good sense charm the residents of Barchester, and they win over Lord Bond with an impromptu Gilbert and Sullivan evening.

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Peace Breaks Out

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Virago #ad - Around the edges we encounter mr scratcherd the local 'artist' and his formidable niece who harangues him in non-stop paragraphs; the continuing feud with the Palace as the Bishop's request for a song in honour of 'our Wonderful Red Comrades' is countered by a hymn whose tune is that of the Russian Imperial National Anthem; and young George Halliday's infatuation with a totally oblivious, very middle-aged, Lady Graham.

However the main action focuses on david leslie who, at thirty-nine, is still meddling with the feelings of every available young woman until Rose Bingham, 'sorts him out', of suitable age and circumstances, object: Matrimony. True to the theory that a positive change creates almost as much stress as a negative one, the outbreak of Peace is met with trepidation.

Peace Breaks Out #ad - The government falls, mr adams contests Anne Fielding's father for MP, and bread is not delivered somehow equivalent events. Barsetshire in the war years.

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