The Brandons

  • by Angela Thirkell
  • Narrated by Jilly Bond
  • 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Lavinia Brandon is quite the loveliest widow in Barsetshire, blessed with beauty and grace as well as two handsome grown-up children, Delia and Francis. So thinks their cousin, Hilary Grant, when he comes to stay and - like many before him - promptly falls for his fragrant hostess.
Meanwhile the Brandons' ill-tempered dowager aunt is stirring up controversy over her legacy, and Lavinia's attention is further occupied by the challenges of making a match between the vicar and gifted village helpmeet Miss Morris and elegantly deterring her lovestruck suitors.
Angela Thirkell's 1930s comedy is bright, witty and winning.

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What a joy!

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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- Bette

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-03-2016
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK