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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Soundings Audio Books (1 Feb. 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1407916734
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407916736
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,133,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The storyline of Miss Buncle's Book (1934) is a simple one: Barbara Buncle, who is unmarried and perhaps in her late 30s, lives in a small village and writes a novel about it in order to try and supplement her meagre income. This is a light-hearted, easy read, one of those books like Mariana, Miss Pettigrew, The Making of a Marchioness and Greenery Street which can be recommended unreservedly to anyone looking for something undemanding, fun and absorbing that is also well-written and intelligent. DE Stevenson had an enormously successful writing career: between 1923 and 1970, four million copies of her books were sold in Britain and three million in the States. Like EF Benson, Ann Bridge, O Douglas or Dorothy L Sayers (to name but a few) her books are funny, intensely readable, engaging and dependable. Miss Buncle's Book was the most popular of her novels because it has a completely original plot and a charming and delightful central character. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Miss Mapp on 5 Dec. 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is a sheer delight. D E Stevenson's style is fluent and witty, and congratulations are due to Persephone for re-publishing this forgotten book.
Miss Buncle publishes a book using a pseudonym, and features her neighbours as characters, changing their names but not their temperaments so they are still, in fact, recognisable. The neighbours resent the way they are represented and strive to find out who is the author.
Pacey and funny, this is an excellent read.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Rawlings on 3 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
Miss Buncle's book is a wonderful light read; full of humour, wit and charm! The story of a book within in a book sounds confusing but makes absolute sense once you get into it. This heart-warming novel is the literary equivalent of a comforting cup of cocoa on a cosy winters evening- I can't recommend it highly enough! I love all of the Persephone classics that I've read so far and this is no exception. The classy grey covers, neat binding and beautiful inside cover designs gives these books a super high quality feel. Well done to Persephone for bringing us these forgotten classics!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LoveReading on 7 May 2009
Format: Paperback
Sublimly written tale of village life in the 1930's, amusing and gentle story of Miss Buncle who writes of a parallel village to make an income, with surprising and, in once case, terifying consequences!
Read from start to finish in two sittings, one of Persephone's best.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By H. Hizzard on 10 Jun. 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a delightful story of village intrigue, based on thoroughly believable characters in a pre-war setting. I have only recently read this, having first come across it when it was read on "Woman's Hour2 in the 1950's and it has stood the test of time. It is a gentle read, but leads one to want to read its sequel - still, apparently, out of print! I would recommend this for those who seek refreshment from the sometimes harsh reality reading typical of today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. J. Brown on 20 Nov. 2012
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I read this book as my local book club choice for November and I was very disappointed. It was originally published in the 1930s and it seemed really dated. I suppose the best I can say is that it possibly gave a sort of picture of what life might have been like in an English village in the 1930s but I doubt it could be a true picture as it seemed too light and without substance. At least there are no swear words or even a hint of sex in the book but some of the happenings in the book just didn't ring true. (e.g. two small children were kidnapped from a party and nobody seemed particularly worried about it). Even in the 1930s surely their parents would have been distraught.
I cannot recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. V. Bradley TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
This is the first D E Stevenson book I have read and I found it utterly enchanting, very amusing, and all in all a pure delight. Miss Buncle Married is the next D E Stevenson book on my reading list. Miss Buncle is a very plain looking, mousy person who decides to write a novel set in a village with a set of diverse characters. What it turns out to be is a thinly disguised story of her own village and the people she encounters in it. When it is published many of those who read it become in turn angry, and paranoid and determined to find out who the author is and get the book taken out of circulation. If you want a good chuckle then read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Suzie on 30 July 2010
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`Quaint' may seem an unusual adjective to describe a book but in this case it feels entirely apt.

Miss Buncle is in her late thirties, a perfectly pleasant but rather dull woman, similar in some ways to how I imagine a younger Miss Marple would have looked. As she casts around for ways to supplement her dwindling dividend income, nothing appeals until Dorcas, her nurse when she was a baby and now her loyal maid, suggests that she write a book. Acknowledging that she has no imagination, Miss Buncle writes about the only subject she knows - the village where she lives and its inhabitants. The consequences are the main thrust of the story, a light-hearted tale that's amusing, perceptive, and beautifully written in an old-fashioned sort of way. Even so, it has its moments of tension and suspense.

This is another Persephone gem, attractively presented (in this edition, at least), with a plain grey exterior opening to reveal a muted but colourful floral design.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katie Stevens on 16 May 2011
Format: Paperback
Barbara Buncle is a middle aged spinster who has been forced by reduced circumstances to seek additional income and so has written a novel based on the village in which she lives under a pseudonym in the hope of making some money. To her delight her book is published and becomes wildly popular, putting an end to her financial problems. However, the residents of Miss Buncle's village are less thrilled when they discover that they all feature in the book and many of them are less than flattered. If only they can find the author, the mysterious John Smith, then there is certain to be trouble.

Miss Buncle's Book was everything I had hoped for and more. It is a charming tale of village life which becomes less and less typical as the plot advances, culminating in events which are utterly outlandish, incredibly far-fetched and delightfully entertaining. It is light and fluffy but prevented from being vacuous by the sharp intelligence which lies behind the keen observations of people and their ways which make this book so enjoyable.

Primarily, Miss Buncle's Book is a novel of character, giving D. E. Stevenson the opportunity to draw portraits of a variety of different people from the doctor to the indomitable Mrs Featherstone Hogg. She is able to convey a great deal of information about her characters without saying things directly, such as in the beginning of the chapter entitled `Mrs Carter's Tea-Party':

Barbara knew when she saw the china that Mrs Featherstone Hogg was expected, and her spirits fell a degree for she did not like Mrs Featherstone Hogg. Barbara had met Dorothea Bold on the doorstep and they had gone in together, and Miss King and Miss Pretty were there already.
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