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

Bewildering Cares – Winifred Peck – A Furrowed Middlebrow edition

This is an actual book! Thank you to the nice people at Furrowed Middlebrow/ Dean Street Press who listened to my plea that as a 21st century Vicar’s wife that I would really enjoy this book about a Vicar’s wife in 1940, I now have a a new favourite book! If you have ever found … More Bewildering Cares – Winifred Peck – A Furrowed Middlebrow edition

Angela Thirkell – novelist of Barsetshire

You may have heard of Barsetshire. It’s the fictional shire created by Anthony Trollope as a setting for his best known novels, the Barsetshire Chronicles. They start with the wonderful The Warden and continue with Barsetshire Towers. You may have seen the tv version staring the likes of Alan Rickman and Susan Hampshire. If not, the dvd is available. … More Angela Thirkell – novelist of Barsetshire