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It is such a pleasure to revisit Mrs Thirkell's books through Audible. I hope they will all be converted soon.
If you've never read the Barsetshire novels, do start! And The Brandons is a very good place to start; introducing many of the characters I love most including Mrs Brandon herself, Lydia and Keith Merton.
The Barsetshire novels begin in the perpetually sunny 30s between the wars and continue into the 60s: one book a year, intertwining the families of the various towns. They begin where Trollope leaves off, but that is no barrier. You can read them without Trollope but do try to read them in order.
The War years books are particularly fascinating. Read as a whole they give a marvellous socio-economic view of middle class England from the 30s to the 60s, and show Thirkell's growth from full-on snob to much more generous observer of social mobility. Note particularly her gradually creeping fondness for Mr Adams and women like Jimmy's family.
Do read on and encourage the publisher to convert her entire oeuvre to Audible files.
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If you fancy a dose of completely un-taxing, stress-free fiction, try this. It all seems like light and frothy nonsense - and yet it does also shine a gentle light on some aspects of English Upper Middle Class life in this era (1930s) versus their servants/the Lower Classes. It is gentle satire, really. Lots of lovely domestic details too which I like; you feel as if you are at the tea parties, picnics and outings.
It is mildly funny, except the fun-fare scene at the church fete which is - I hope deliberately -hysterical. It might just be my mind...
Well read - the narrator hams it up when needed, is good at mens' voices and has a great range of characters.
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