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Growing Up Paperback – 1 Aug 1995

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  • Paperback: 297 pages
  • Publisher: Moyer Bell Ltd ,U.S. (1 Aug. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559211490
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559211499
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 928,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The location of Beliers Priory in East Barsetshire, home to Sir Harry and Lady Waring, gives us a chance to enjoy some of Thirkell's delightful place names. The main RR line at Winter Overcotes serves Shearing Junction, Winter Underclose, and Worsted. Nearby are Lambton, Fleece, Skeynes, and Eiderdown. As war drags on, the Warings host a convalescent hospital for soldiers as well as billeting their niece Leslie, and Capt. Noel and Lydia Merton from West Barsetshire. Romance proceeds apace 'downstairs' as well as 'upstairs' with a trio of followers (including a 'Barkis is willin' character) pursuing Selina, the housemaid, to a most suitable conclusion. Philip Winter and Leslie meet, create, and resolve their difficulties. As Lydia observes they are 'growing up' and the stationmaster with a POW son, Tommy Needham's amputated arm, and everyone's uncertainty re: absent friends and relatives are sombre counterpoints to the prevailing attitude of 'soldiering on'.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Schoolkeeper on 1 July 2010
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For the loyal fans of Angela Thirkell it's very pleasant to see an old favourite in a smart new format. Great story as well!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Another gem 24 Jan. 2001
By J. Clark - Published on
Format: Paperback
Showing the struggles and hardships during the war years on the homefront in Britain, Growing Up brings back old favorites and introduces new friends. It shows the anxiety of the unknown, always present for those with loved ones serving in the war and humor abounds in new characters; Selina, Doris and Lily-Anne the railway porters, Nannie and old Jasper. Old friends from previous books in the series; Tony Morland, Mrs. Morland, Tommy Needham, Lydia and Noel Merton, Octavia Crawley, and Philip Winter make for a delightful reunion.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Puzzled By Another Review 22 Mar. 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Like the reviewer who disliked the characters in this novel so much, I am midway through reading all Thirkell's Barsetshire novels chronologically. I too think some of her books are better than others. (So far, I think the best is August Folly and the worst Northbridge Rectory; Growing Up falls somewhere in between.)
What I don't understand is how someone who hates Leslie and Lydia (the two main characters in Growing Up) could like any of Thirkell's other books. None of the Barsetshire novels are very different from any other; for those who like them that is part of their charm. They are predictable and slightly snobbish, but light and enjoyable reading for readers who appreciate this variety of English wit.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Favorite characters soldier on in the depths of WWII 23 Jun. 2013
By NC Reader - Published on
Format: Paperback
While not my favorite of Thirkell's Barsetshire series - like other reviewers I am also working my way through chronologically - I found the increasingly somber and reflective tone fitting to the time this novel is set, three to four years into the war. There is still plenty of Thirkell's signature dry humor, affectionate portrayals of new characters (Nannie, Matron, Selina and Mr. Beedle were some of my faves!), and pleasurable visits from beloved old friends from previous outings. I read these books for the light, dry British humor, delightful characters and as corny as it sounds, a look at a vanished world - life in the English countryside in the golden years between world wars, which characters here silently lament but bravely endure with typical British stiff upper lips amid the amazing hardships, shortages and deprivations people cheerfully put up with for the war effort. America has been in two 10-year wars simultaneously and there has been no sacrifice asked or given except for a very tiny portion of the population that serves in the armed forces; I can't imagine modern Americans or Brits putting up with the conditions civilians endured in WWII! Greatest generation indeed...
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fresher than some Thirkell 14 Aug. 2006
By F. Oakley - Published on
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This is a sweet book. Very like the typical Thirkell but addresses the question form two characters..."Are we grown up, yet?" Well done!
10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
author is funny, fresh 8 Feb. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I'm almost finished Summer Half, by the same author. She's fantastic, like a more lovable and often daring Jane Austen. Give one of her books a try, even though she was writing them in the 1930's.
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