Before Lunch by Angela Thirkell, A Barsetshire classic

This Angela Thirkell book is the last of the pre Second World War novels published by this author as it came out in 1939. Reprinted by Virago Modern Classics in 2016, it is therefore available to all interested in the Barsetshire series of books, but this volume stands alone as a picture of a fairly … More Before Lunch by Angela Thirkell, A Barsetshire classic

Pomfret Towers by Angela Thirkell and a few words on the new Lucy Worsley

If the large number of Angela Thirkell novels now in paperback (not enough, Virago!) are a bit confusing, this early book may appeal. It is not the first in the series, but stands alone well (as most of the books do, really) and while it introduces and mentions characters that have a lot of involvement … More Pomfret Towers by Angela Thirkell and a few words on the new Lucy Worsley

Marling Hall by Angela Thirkell – A Character Classic

  In short, a Thirkell to savour where she develops and shows her mastery of her characters. After much waiting, this is another reprint of an Angela Thirkell wartime novel set in the fictional Barsetshire. This means that it is easy to get hold of this Thirkell classic which builds on her familiar themes and … More Marling Hall by Angela Thirkell – A Character Classic

Northbridge Rectory – Angela Thirkell

I thought that it was about time I wrote about a book that I really love, that you can buy easily, and is an enormous contrast to A Chelsea Concerto,  reviewed here https://northernreader.wordpress.com/2016/10/19/a-chelsea-concerto-francis-favell-a-furrowed-middlebrow-book/  . Northbridge Rectory  is one of the Thirkell books that I managed to read when I first discovered this writer a few years ago. … More Northbridge Rectory – Angela Thirkell