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High Rising: A Virago Modern Classic (Virago Modern Classics) by Angela Thirkell

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List Price: £8.99


Paperback: 288 Pages.

Published: 22 November 2012 by Virago

Edition: Reissue

ISBN: 1844088839

EAN: 9781844088836

High Rising 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. 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. Can clever, practical Laura rescue George from Miss Grey's ... Full description


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Quite Wonderful!

This is a wonderful 1930s book set mainly in a small village which is full of larger than life characters. This is very much a book of its time with public schools, houses in town and the country, servants and so on.

Laura Morland is a widowed author with four boys, the youngest of which features most volubly in this story. She is the lynch pin of the book with all of the action taking place to the characters around her. We have her part time secretary Miss Todd who cares for her ailing mother and is loved by the local GP Dr Ford. There is George Knox the local historical author with a strange secretary, Miss Grey, and a rather dim but very loveable daughter Sybil. Throw into the mix Stoker, Laura's housekeeper who loves nothing more than a good gossip, her publisher and her old friend Amy Birkett. We could not forget Laura's son, Tony, who expounds on railways continuously regardless of who is listening.

This odd assortment of characters makes for a wonderful series of most unlikely and highly amusing events. The book just carries you along on a tideĀ  which I couldn't bear to put down. The vision of Stoker doing folk dancing in her coat and hat (just in case anyone thought she might be staying) was wonderful.

This is a book with wonderful descriptions of the people and events. Yes, I know it is all most unlikely and set in an artificial bubble but it is fun and I enjoyed it very much.

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