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Angela Thirkell (1890–1961)

Autor(a) de High Rising

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Obras por Angela Thirkell

High Rising (1933) 681 exemplares
Wild Strawberries (1934) 531 exemplares
The Brandons (1939) 419 exemplares
August Folly (1936) 384 exemplares
Pomfret Towers (1938) 358 exemplares
Before Lunch (1939) 323 exemplares
Summer Half (1937) 303 exemplares
The Headmistress (1944) 253 exemplares
Cheerfulness Breaks In (1940) 241 exemplares
Marling Hall (1942) 233 exemplares
Miss Bunting (1946) 233 exemplares
Northbridge Rectory (1941) 229 exemplares
Growing Up (1943) 221 exemplares
Peace Breaks Out (1946) 205 exemplares
The Demon in the House (1934) 190 exemplares
Private Enterprise (1947) 173 exemplares
Happy Returns (1952) 171 exemplares
The Duke's Daughter (1951) 171 exemplares
County Chronicle (1950) 168 exemplares
Love Among the Ruins (1948) 164 exemplares
Jutland Cottage (1953) 160 exemplares
The Old Bank House (1949) 158 exemplares
Enter Sir Robert (1955) 152 exemplares
A Double Affair (1957) 146 exemplares
Christmas at High Rising (2013) 144 exemplares
Three Houses (1931) 143 exemplares
Love at All Ages (1959) 142 exemplares
What Did It Mean? (1954) 141 exemplares
Close Quarters (1958) 131 exemplares
Ankle Deep (1933) 129 exemplares
Never Too Late (1956) 123 exemplares
Coronation Summer (1937) 114 exemplares
Three Score and Ten (1961) 109 exemplares
Trooper to the Southern Cross (1934) 93 exemplares
O, These Men, These Men! (1935) 79 exemplares
The Grateful Sparrow (1935) 10 exemplares
The Good Little Girls (2006) 5 exemplares
The Brandons, and others (1968) 3 exemplares
Mrs. Morland & Son 3 exemplares
Everything 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Persuasion (1817) — Introdução, algumas edições28,654 exemplares
The Newcomes (1855) — Introdução, algumas edições400 exemplares
An Adult's Garden of Bloomers (1966) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

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Thirkell, Angela
Nome legal
Thirkell, Angela Margaret
Outros nomes
Parker, Leslie
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Localização do túmulo
Rottingdean, Sussex, England
Local de nascimento
Kensington, London, England, UK
Local de falecimento
Bramley, Surrey, England, UK
Locais de residência
Kensington, London, England, UK
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Chelsea, London, England, UK
St Paul's School, London, England, UK
Mackail, Denis (brother)
Mackail, J. W. (father)
Burne-Jones, Edward Coley (grandfather)
MacInnes, Colin (son)
Kipling, Rudyard (first cousin)
Baldwin, Earl Stanley Baldwin (first cousin) (mostrar todos 10)
Barrie, J. M. (godfather)
Baldwin, Monica (cousin)
Thirkell, Lance (son)
McInnes, Graham (son)

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Angela Margaret Mackail was born on January 30, 1890 at 27 Young Street, Kensington Square, London. Her grandfather was Sir Edward Burne-Jones, the pre-Raphaelite painter. Her grandmother was Georgiana Macdonald. Angela's brother, Denis Mackail, was also a prolific and successful novelist. Angela's mother, Margaret Burne-Jones, married John Mackail - an administrator at the Ministry of Education and Professor of Poetry at Oxford University. Angela married James Campbell McInnes in 1911. James was a professional Baritone and performed at concert halls throughout the UK. In 1912 their first son Graham was born and in 1914 a second son, Colin. A daughter was born in 1917 at the time when her marriage was breaking up. In November 1917 a divorce was granted and Angela and the children went to live with her parents in Pembroke Gardens in London. The child, Mary, died the next year. Angela then met and married George Lancelot Thirkell in 1918 and in 1920 they travelled on a troop ship to George's hometown in Australia. In 1921, in Melbourne Australia, her youngest son, Lancelot George, was born. Angela left Australia in 1929 with 8-year- old Lance and never returned. Although living with her parents in London she badly needed to earn a living so she set forth on the difficult road of the professional writer. Her first book, Three Houses, a memoir of her happy childhood was published in 1931 and was an immediate success. The first of her novels set in Trollope's mythical county of Barsetshire was Demon in the House, followed by 28 others, one each year. Angela died on the 29th of January 1961. She is buried in Rottingdean alongside her daughter Mary and her Burne-Jones grandparents.



This is the third book (or second depending on which list you use) in a series by Angela Thirkell set in the fictional county of Barsetshire created by Anthony Trollope. The books were written between 1933 and 1961 (this one in 1934). They are generally a light and delightful blend of social satire, comedy and romance.

The story revolves around the Leslie family and their family home Rushwater. The cast is confusing at first but I soon had them all sorted out. Lady Emily is the absentminded matriarch. Her daughter Agnes is equally silly. Emily’s sons John (a young widower) and David (much more interested in fun than work) don’t live at home but visit often. The Leslie’s eldest son died in the Great War and his 16 year old son. Martin is the heir and visiting the family for the summer. Also visiting is Mary Preston who is the niece of Agnes’s husband.

Romance is In the air as Mary falls for the imminently unsuitable David when everyone knows that John is the better match for her. Visitors in the neighborhood from France add more fun and a bit of fervor to restore the French Monarchy that fails to disrupt Martin’s birthday party near the end of the summer.

It’s light with more fun than substance but all in all entertaining. This is the first I’ve listened to instead of reading. Hilary Neville is a good narrator. I will likely get the next book on audio even though it has a different narrator.
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SuziQoregon | 24 outras críticas | Mar 2, 2024 |
This little demon did remind me of Just William. I do wonder if Angela Thirkell was familiar with Richmal Crompton. I have to admit I found Tony to be quite annoying. I felt for Dora and Rose. Three cheers for the doctor and Sylvia who knew how to put him in his place. Not much change or growth in the characters. Perhaps in one of the later Barsetshire books. I'll have to look them out. Some good laughs here.
njcur | 8 outras críticas | Feb 20, 2024 |
Angela Thirkell’s Barsetshire novels are set in the English countryside in the early- to mid-20th century. In each installment she draws on her huge cast of characters, and develops at least two plot threads centered around typical “country” pursuits (church, farming, household management, etc.). The community usually pulls together around some kind of major event, like an agricultural fair. And there is always romance with one or more couples finally pairing off at the end.

This installment had none of these things. The main characters were largely lesser-known players, which would have been fine if they were given a substantial plot. But there was only one plot thread, which mostly involved a few people visiting one family, and that family returning the visit. So much dialogue, and all of it fairly pointless. There is a tiny flicker of romantic interest which is left to be resolved in a later novel. Towards the end, Thirkell brings her alter-ego character into the story in a way that fills a few more pages with incessant conversation, but in no way contributes to the already unsubstantial plot.

Were it not for my irrational desire to “complete” this series, I would not have finished this book.
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lauralkeet | 5 outras críticas | Feb 19, 2024 |
Jutland Cottage is set in 1952, and begins with the death of King George VI in February*. Barsetshire is understandably in a somber mood, but soon normal country life resumes. Margot Phelps is spending her middle-aged years caring for aging parents which she does gladly, but this leaves little time for herself. The community takes note and quietly organizes a “Friends of the Phelpses” effort. Some spend afternoons with Margot’s parents so that she can have some free time. Others take advantage of that free time to take Margot shopping for new clothes, or to have her hair done. This is community at its best, and Margot is much the better for it. But there is still a looming concern about her financial livelihood, as her parents will have little to pass on. The solution to this problem is, sadly, much the same as it was centuries earlier: marriage. But to whom? Margot herself doesn’t appear to be giving this much thought but you can bet everyone else is.

Meanwhile, some of the usual devices are in play: garden parties, Sunday lunches, and gently poking fun at certain character types. The inevitable second romantic storyline occurs quite late in the novel and seemed rather hastily put together. Margot’s storyline has a happy ending (as always), although in my opinion Thirkell made the wrong choice for Margot. But what do I know? And in any case, this was an enjoyable installment in a long-running series.

* I enjoyed reading the Barsetshire community’s thoughts about the new Queen, speculation about how long she would reign, and whether she had any suitable heirs.
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lauralkeet | 1 outra crítica | Oct 27, 2023 |



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