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Miss Buncle's Book

Miss Buncle's Book [Kindle Edition]

DE Stevenson
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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In Miss Buncle’s Book Barbara Buncle, who is unmarried and perhaps in her late thirties, lives in a small village and writes a novel about the village in order to try and supplement her meagre income. She thereby succeeds in taking charge of her own life. This is an entirely 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 someone looking for something undemanding, fun and absorbing – that is also well-written and intelligent and with an entirely original plot. DE Stevenson (1892-1973) sold 4 million copies of her books in the UK and 3 million in America; Miss Buncle’s Book is the first title by this unassuming, shrewd and kind-hearted author to have been reprinted in the UK for fifty years.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1051 KB
  • Print Length: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Persephone Books Ltd (9 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006VOJZL4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,526 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old Friends 16 April 2013
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I first read D E Stevenson many years ago and am now reading them all again. The stories are timeless and they flow effortlessly drawing you into a different world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Buncle's Book 24 Nov 2013
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First published in 1934 this book has stood the test of time. Barbara Buncle has seen her income diminish to the extent that she can hardly survive without doing something drastic to increase her income or decrease her expenditure.

Almost to take her mind off her situation she writes a book about the inhabitants of the fictional Copperfield. She sends it off to a publisher who immediately recognises a best seller when he sees one. Written under the pseudonym of John Smith the book sells like hot cakes - especially to her fellow residents of Silverstream - the inspiration for Copperfield.

What happens when Barbara's friends and neighbours recognise themselves all too well and decide to try and find out who exactly the author is makes an amusing read. I found myself chuckling at the way people reacted to the book and the ways they tried to plot and plan to expose the author. The book is well written and the characters are marvellously well drawn.

If you enjoy authors such as Barbara Pym, Elizabeth Taylor and Angela Thirkell then you will almost certainly enjoy D E Stevenson.
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5.0 out of 5 stars R.L.S would have been proud. 15 Aug 2013
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This descendant of Robert Louis Stevenson has the same cunning skill in constructing characters by the use of dialogue and action. The story does NOT involve pirates unless... Well, Barbara Buncle's efforts to make her finances healthier, in the Thirties Recession, turn her neighbourhood upside down, creating happiness and fury in about equal amounts. You could draw a map of the village, smell the autumn fires and the drains, and... dare I say it?... meet the same people any day in any Home Counties hamlet in 2013. The lady's neighbours are fascinating, as are her mistakes about them. As the complications increase we almost begin to expect violence. Read this if only in order to be reminded that 'the times they're not as changing' in the UK as the media would have us believe. This is a very subtle book, beginning like an old -fashioned steam train, (which figures in the story), and picking up speed to a whistling arrival. Persevere: 'John Smith' is worth careful study and will re-read very well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely read 7 Sep 2012
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All D E Stevenson's books are a lovely read and this is the first one I have read since they went out of print. I hope a lot more appear in the Kindle store. I would recommend this book if you like an interesting and light read.
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