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The Brandons: A Virago Modern Classic (VMC Book 42) [Kindle Edition]

Angela Thirkell
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Lavinia Brandon is quite the loveliest widow in Barsetshire, blessed with beauty and grace, as well as two handsome grown-up children, Delia and Francis. So thinks their cousin Hilary Grant when he comes to stay and - like many before him - promptly falls for his fragrant hostess. Meanwhile, the Brandons' ill-tempered dowager aunt is stirring up controversy over her legacy, and Lavinia's attention is further occupied by the challenges of making a match between the vicar and gifted village helpmeet Miss Morris, and elegantly deterring her love-struck suitors. Angela Thirkell's 1930s comedy is bright, witty and winning.

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What sings out is the ebullience and charm of her characters, deliciously sparkling dialogue, a romping plot, her wit and gentle satire, and the escapist satisfaction of neatly tied-up happy endings (

Angela Thirkell is perhaps the most Pym-like of any twentieth-century author, after Pym herself (Alexander McCall Smith)

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A delightfully appealing 1930s comedy from Angela Thirkell's classic Barsetshire series: the Brandons cheerfully confront matters of love, money and an ill-tempered dowager aunt.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1012 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1844089703
  • Publisher: Virago; Reprint edition (1 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #125,650 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Angela Thirkell (1890-1961) wrote many works of fiction and non-fiction, including twenty-nine 'Barsetshire' novels, which won her great popularity and acclaim. The first of these, High Rising, was published in 1933. Her relatives included Edward Burne-Jones, Rudyard Kipling and Stanley Baldwin, and her godfather was JM Barrie. She was twice married and had four children.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally on Kindle 19 May 2014
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At last Angela Thirkell's Barsetshire series has come to Kindle. On the surface a light, frivolous story of the 'gentry' of the big houses and the working classes surrounding them underneath is a well-observed social history of a world almost vanished forever. Through the series stretching from the mid-thirties to the end of the 1950's we see how it happened.

This book introduces the Brandon family, Mr. Miller the vicar, Miss Morris and several others who will all be major players in the later books.

Using Trollope' Barsetshire chronicles as the foundation of her work Ms Thirkell creates a world as funny and observant as Nancy Mitford's, though less satirical and sharp. The round of daily life in a home counties village just before world war two is examined through the happenings of The Brandon family and their associates. A rich aunt, a possible legacy, subtle romance these are the main ingredients of the plot but it meanders along so happily that you are content to go with the flow without worrying too much about outcomes.

A book for all lovers of English Family Sagas and a must for students of English social history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a time gone by 31 May 2014
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I would recommend this book if you want a gentle read. - I enjoyed reading this book, of a time gone by, if it ever existed at all. I escaped to another world, of servants, kindness and pleasant surroundings. Angela Thirkell recreates characters who you want to read more and more of. I enjoy her gentle humour and bringing the obnoxious Tony Morland and his mother from High Risings was fun. Why are her heroines nearly always widows?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely read 7 April 2015
By M B
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Have thoroughly enjoyed The Brandons. This is the first I have read by Angela Thirkell and I am about to set about some of her others. It is such a light, happy and funny book, and so well written that by the end you feel that you know all the characters so well. It makes such a change from some of the books these days. A lovely book to curl up with on a wet afternoon, you cannot fail to enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 23 May 2015
By Katkin
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Another totally wonderful Angela Thirkell! Back to the ordered,existence of the middle classes of the 1930s. Total escapism and pure enjoyment! Bliss!
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