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Angela Thirkell
Miss Bunting
 
 
Author
Angela Thirkell.
Publisher Moyer Bell  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.5 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781559211741
Pages/Publication Date 322/2001
Daedalus Item Code 40891
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While "the war had mingled all races and creeds, it had not as yet mingled Old Town and New," winks the author in this 14th entry in the Barsetshire chronicles, from 1945. Under the tutelage of Miss Bunting—the governess who has molded most of the country's upper class—Anne, daughter of Sir Robert Fielding, renews an old school acquaintance with the daughter of Hogglestock's successful, albeit not genteel, iron master. "We must move with the times," says the unflappable governess when Lady Fielding questions the suitability of this association. As the daughter of Margaret Burne-Jones, granddaughter of Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones, and first cousin once removed of Rudyard Kipling and Stanley Baldwin, Angela Thirkell (1890–1961) was steeped in British art and culture—though for her, writing was a necessary way of supporting herself and her sons. Like all of her Barsetshire novels, this one is a smoothly written, satisfying little bonbon, flavored with just the right amounts of satire, wit, and romance, and can be read on its own—though we're sure that once you've finished it, you'll want to snap up all of them.
 
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