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A Glove Shop in Vienna and other stories

A Glove Shop in Vienna and other stories [Kindle Edition]

Eva Ibbotson
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Eva Ibbotson has proven that romantic fiction can be funny, well written, and even a little erudite. Her novel Magic Flutes won the Romantic Novelists Association award and, along with A Company of Swans, was a Booklist Editors' Choice selection. The New York Times said of Madensky Square that "she has fine-tuned-and perhaps even enlarged-the [romantic] genre."

In this delightful collection are some of the best of Ibbotson's short stories. They range from nineteeth-century Vienna to the north of England at the end of the last century, from prerevolutionary Russia to the devastated Brazilian Amazon. Each setting is magically recreated and peopled with the remarkable, memorable characters that are Ibbotson's trademark.

Here , in "A Glove Shop in Vienna," the title story, Great-Uncle Max is torn between his grand and secret passion for Susie, the enchanting glove shop assistant, and the devotion of his large, opera singer wife. Here is Miss Bennett, drama mistress at the fading Markham Street Primary School, whose search for a baby Jesus for the nativity play yields unexpected and miraculous results. Nina, the beautiful chanteuse, never fails to wear a white rose for Paul, the lover who years ago disappeared to allow her success. Kira, a dancer in Russia's Imperial Ballet school, is thrown out onto the streets of St. Petersburg, and found by Edwin, a lonely dreamer. These and many more are the characters whose experience, bittersweet and incurably romantic, is the foundation for Ibbotson's vivid and unforgettable stories.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 620 KB
  • Print Length: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Bello (22 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,223 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is an old favourite of mine 7 July 2014
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This is an old favourite of mine, which has been out of print and hard to find for many years. The stories will appeal to anyone who enjoys her books for adults/ young adults - I particularly love the one about the Christmas carp, swimming sedately in the bath tub despite all efforts to dispatch it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read 19 Dec 2014
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Delightful. The stories are different, with humour and wit. I have been wanting this book for a very long time and to see it available from kindle at such a good price made my Christmas. Ever since I bought Madensky Square from a Charity stall I have loved Eva Ibbotson. She wrote brilliantly her characters are well developed and believable, the story lines are fresh and flow well. She died in 2005
I can also recommend her children's books
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend it very highly 13 Oct 2014
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All the lovely Ibbotson ingredients compacted into short stories. A tour of the Europe of the 1st half of the 20th Century. Short story format means that the inability to put the book down before the end of the narrative interferes less with one's life. Recommend it very highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Ibbotson 29 Aug 2014
By Ellie-R
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Great stories, beautifully written as ever and with that quirky Ibbotson humour and the Viennese flavour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable collection of stories 8 Sep 2014
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Enjoyed this collection thoroughly. I'm a fan of Eva Ibbotson and while there are recurring themes and some redundancy in some of the stories, I really enjoyed getting lost in her unique world.
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