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Publisher's Summary

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 clutches and, what's more, help his daughter, Miss Sibyl Knox, to secure her longed-for engagement?
Utterly charming and very funny, High Rising is irresistible comic entertainment.
©2016 Angela Thirkell (P)2016 Hachette Audio UK
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jerri C on 11-04-16

Beginning of a journey

High Rising is the first book in Angela Thirkell's revisiting of the land of Barsetshire in England, this area having been created by Anthony Trollope many years earlier. If you enjoy a mixture of clever use of language, insight into human relationships, the frustrations of daily life, satire and more this may be the series for you. And Jilly Bond does a very creditable job of telling this story, distinguishing characters and portraying the spirit of the book.

My one complaint of this recording is that the headline clearly states "Alexander McCall Smith - introduction", and that introduction is NOT included in the recording!!! The introduction is present in the Kindle and paper versions, but NOT in the audiobook. Audible should either get Jilly Bond to read the introduction and upgrade/update the offering or change the way this is listed/documented to make it clear that the introduction is NOT included in the reading.

In spite of this, I hope very much that more of Thirkell's works will be made available through Audible and also that more of them be made wispersync compatible.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Cate F. on 09-25-17

Deliciously funny

Angela Thirkell has long been a favorite author of mine to read for charming escape from the day's dire circumstances. There is one sour note and that is the infrequent but disturbing casual antisemitism, sadly common in 1933. Thirkell's writing is marvelous and the comments are not relevant to the plot so I still highly recommend her books but reduce the stars by one.
Jilly Bond is the perfect reader.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jill Besterman on 02-25-17

A deliciously amusing tale of English village life

Any additional comments?

This book has been my introduction to the novels of Angela Thirkell and what a pleasure it has been. The main character, Laura, a contented long-time widow, lives with her youngest son, Tony, a high-spirited, very loquacious railway enthusiast (!), in Barsetshire, where she has a full and busy life, She is the author of a series of popular novels but is also deeply involved in the lives of those around her. There is some romance and a great deal of humour in her story which was beautifully narrated by Jilly Bond.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mrs. J. E. Hingley on 12-14-17

High rising

I really enjoyed this story. How clever with her use of words and characters was the author. I had to look up incubus. I think it was a bit cruel calling the character this but suppose it was meant in a liberal way to describe her.

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