- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: ISIS Audio Books; Unabridged edition (Feb. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0753116669
- ISBN-13: 978-0753116661
- Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 16.8 x 3.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,308,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
High Rising Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Feb 2003
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Charming, very funny indeed. Angela Thirkell is perhaps the most Pym-like of any twentieth-century author, after Pym herself (Alexander McCall Smith)
Appealing (Glasgow Sunday Herald)
A smart new edition . . . A terrific holiday story (The Lady)
A delightfully entertaining comedy of manners. Full of period charm and witty authorial comment (Good Book Guide)
To be so witty and charming yet also so brilliantly brusque and practical as Laura Morland is my new year's resolution (Pippa Wright, author of The Foster Husband)
Charming, very funny indeed. Angela Thirkell is perhaps the most Pym-like of any twentieth-century author, after Pym herself. (Alexander McCall Smith)
Appealing. (Glasgow Sunday Herald)
A smart new edition . . . A terrific holiday story. (The Lady)
A delightfully entertaining comedy of manners. Full of period charm and witty authorial comment. (Good Book Guide) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
The first of Angela Thirkell's brilliantly satirical English comedies set in the fictional county of Barsetshire, High Rising is now available as a Virago Modern Classic. Perfect for fans of Stella Gibbons, PG Wodehouse or EF Benson.See all Product Description
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Laura Morland is a joy. She struggles to keep her family afloat; just her and her youngest son now that her elder boys have left home and her good-looking but useless husband has died. I knew from the first sentence, 'The headmaster's wife twisted herself round in her chair to talk to Mrs Morland, who was sitting in the row just behind her' that this was going to be good. She reminds me of Stella Gibbons or Elizabeth von Arnim and, with her many novels, she has certainly earned her place in the canon of English comedy.
In High Rising, the heroine struggles to free her neighbour George Knox from the clutches of his demented secretary. Her village friends, train-obsessed son and char woman (Stoker, surely a relation of Mrs Pringle in Miss Read's Fairacre chronicles) all make welcome appearances. As another review says, Thirkell's way with words is magnificent. I particularly enjoyed the young couple Sibyl and Adrian 'oozing' out of the French windows into the garden.
High Rising isn't perfect. At times, it seems too much like a comic version of Thirkell's own life. We are told virtually nothing about Mr Morland - why everyone has such a low opinion of him or why Laura married him in the first place. However, the prose is light and as clear as crystal and I look forward to reading more (or all!) of these Barsetshire masterpieces in their new, handsome Virago editions.
Laura Morland, widow and writer, divides her life between a flat in London and a house in High Rising. Returning to the country with her train-mad youngest son one Christmas, she hears of a newcomer to the locale, a Miss Grey, who may just have upset everyone's plans....
It isn't profound or experimental fiction, but it's fun and witty. It's also of its time, so there are some things that even kind Laura says which strike the modern reader as snobbery and racism a la Agatha Christie. Alexander McCall Smith, who writes the introduction to this edition, puts some of Miss Grey's plight into context, but while her situation may be pitiable, her conduct is not, and would be condemned regardless of her position.
Finally, I've read lots of complaints about the amount of mistakes and lack of proof-reading, but my edition of the paperback with the pretty cover was fine.
Laura Morland is a widowed author with four boys, the youngest of which features most volubly in this story. She is the lynch pin of the book with all of the action taking place to the characters around her. We have her part time secretary Miss Todd who cares for her ailing mother and is loved by the local GP Dr Ford. There is George Knox the local historical author with a strange secretary, Miss Grey, and a rather dim but very loveable daughter Sybil. Throw into the mix Stoker, Laura's housekeeper who loves nothing more than a good gossip, her publisher and her old friend Amy Birkett. We could not forget Laura's son, Tony, who expounds on railways continuously regardless of who is listening.
This odd assortment of characters makes for a wonderful series of most unlikely and highly amusing events. The book just carries you along on a tide which I couldn't bear to put down. The vision of Stoker doing folk dancing in her coat and hat (just in case anyone thought she might be staying) was wonderful.
This is a book with wonderful descriptions of the people and events. Yes, I know it is all most unlikely and set in an artificial bubble but it is fun and I enjoyed it very much.
If that gives an idea of the flavour and style that might be enjoyed in her books, I can add that this one chronicles the dizzy doings of Laura Morland, a novelists, who juggles the demands of four sons, her publisher, her secretary, her formidable maid Stoker, and a friend George Knox whom most think should be more than a friend to her. The custom of "coming to tea" sets them all interacting. Watch for the number of verbs Angela Thirkell can employ - from plunge, to insinuate - to describe how characters can enter a room.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great fun, lighthearted read. Full of nostalgia I would recommend this. Perhaps not a man's kind of book.Published 18 days ago by Bumface 65
I loved the E.F. Benson Mapp and Lucia books and thought this would be right up my street, but sadly not. I found it lacked both the subtlety and the wit of Benson. Read morePublished 1 month ago by GOG
A well written story by an author who enjoys story telling and does not take herself too seriously!Published 3 months ago by Sylriem Siwel
Enjoyable and relaxing yet in keeping perhaps with the era when it was written a little racist in its expressions .Illustrates its time . Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hull Reader
From the 1930s - a rediscovered author. If you like Downton Abbey and it's ilk, perhaps try Angela Thirkell..... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Both the Macs
It's by Angela Thirkell and it introduced me to Tony Morland and I love it. A really good read that brought me back to novels as they used to be. I am continuing with the series!Published 6 months ago by Billy The Baker
Loved this book and wanted to read more about the characters & down-loaded 'Christmas At High Rising', a collection of short stories, some of which feature characters in 'high... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Marj