I only heard of EF Benson when we went for a day out to Rye, a lovely historical old town where his Mapp and Lucia books are set. I bought this book out of curiosity, and on the reviews written by other people, and was not disappointed.The stories are set in the 1930s,and describe the social rivalry between 2 middle/upper class ladies and how it involves their circle of friends. Full of little slights, and quite humorous. I enjoyed the book even more by watching the DVD, as well, great to see those little meaningful looks, and hear the snide comments. Filmed in gorgeous Rye.