Angela Brazil wrote school stories for girls throughout the first half of the 20th century. She was the first author to relate this experience from the girls' perspective, offering a more sympathetic and intimate view of school life. Funny, touching, and wonderfully "jollyhockey sticks", The Nicest Girl in the School remains one of the most popular of her stories. It features Patty Hirst and her cousin Muriel Pearson, and tells of their turbulent times together at Morton Priory, even including a near-death experience! It is superbly read by Harriet Walter, one of Britain's finest actresses.More
"A gem." (Sunday Times)
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Recording a little jumbled--one scene out of order
One Christmas scene is given after the author has read the words "The End." I was glad it was there, because I wondered what had happened.
The book is suitable for eight or nine year olds. It is a very sweet old fashioned story about an English boarding school. I could see the influence of this type of book on J.K. Rowling when she wrote about the train ride to Hogwarts and other aspects of school life.
The reader, Harriet Walter is a great actress, which is why I bought the book.