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The Fancy

The Fancy [Kindle Edition]

Monica Dickens
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Women from all walks of life have been thrown together by the War. Together they must toil for long hours in the aircraft factory whilst striving to navigate their disrupted lives. Overseeing their work is the kindly Edward Ledward, whose beloved rabbits provide an escape from his loveless marriage. Given a promotion, and somewhat scared of ‘his girls’, Edward quickly finds himself out of his depth. But will these terrifying women be his ruin or his salvation?

Set during World War II and covering themes of love, family, and independence, The Fancy is above all a human story, a study of everyday life and its extraordinary characters. It was first published in 1945.

About the Author

Great granddaughter to Charles Dickens, Monica (1915-1992) was born into an upper middle class family. Disillusioned with the world in which she was brought up, she acted out - she was expelled from St Paul's Girls' School in London for throwing her school uniform over Hammersmith Bridge. Dickens then decided to go into service, despite coming from the privileged class; her experiences as a cook and general servant would form the nucleus of her first book, One Pair Of Hands, published in 1939. Dickens married an American Navy officer, Roy O. Stratton, and spent much of her adult life in Massachusetts and Washington D.C., but she continued to set the majority of her writing in Britain. No More Meadows, which she published in 1953, reflected her work with the NSPCC - she later helped to found the American Samaritans in Massachusetts. Between 1970 and 1971 she wrote a series of children's books known as The Worlds End Series which dealt with rescuing animals and, to some extent, children. After the death of her husband in 1985, Dickens returned to England where she continued to write until her death aged 77.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 657 KB
  • Print Length: 430 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader; 1 edition (4 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,219 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lives of factory girls in World War II 11 Nov 2005
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It's World War II, and women and girls have to do mens' jobs - making armaments. The book chronicles the lives of the girls who sit round a table making sure components are perfect to a fraction of an inch. I feel this is a job Dickens actually did, she knows so much about it. She also understands the need for a job, and the satisfaction of work well done, something her privileged background deprived her of until she worked as a servant and then a nurse (see One Pair of Hands and One Pair of Feet). The story follows two girls in particular: one from a background like Dickens' own who enjoys (or is it suffers?) her first love affair, and the other a wispy and shy youngster who doesn't ask much from life - only that her father shouldn't be in too bad a mood too much of the time. Woven into their lives is their decent and humane overseer who escapes from his unsympathetic wife into the arms or rather paws of his beloved rabbits which he breeds in the back garden. The book ends with everyone's life shaken up for the better (apart from the rabbits, who end up in a casserole - don't you know there's a war on?).
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Would be 5 * but for the endless typos 16 May 2013
By JR Slim
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Although this is an enjoyable story like all of those by Monica Dickens, would it be to much to ask that Bloomsbury could have had the kindle edition proof-read? I don't mind spelling mistakes and typos so much when a book has been self-published but honestly, there are so many mistakes in this version and from a proper publishing company this just isn't good enough. I recommend buying the paperback instead.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gentle skullduggery 13 Jan 2013
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Though old, this gentle tale of skullduggery in the rabbit fancy during the Second World War, includes authentic stories of factory life, and a delightful romance.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF MY FAVOURITES FROM MONICA 11 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I love this book, have read it over and over--quite an unusual story--"The Fancy" in the title is a Prize rabbit, and also set in a Munitions factory--but Monica makes it work.

I have been waiting AGES for it to become available on Kindle--why has it taken so long---where is "Thursday Afternoons" and "The Happy Prisoner" "My turn to make the tea".

Why has "One pair of feet" been put back until December 2013-at at the beginning of the year, it said Preorder for August 2013 ??

What is going on Amazon ??
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love Monica Dickens books 1 Aug 2014
By twinkle
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I love Monica Dickens books, she brings the characters to life. Obviously because of the time she was writing these books she evokes the atmosphere perfectly. Although I am not quite old enough to have been around during the war, nothing much changed until the 60's so it almost recreates my childhood. The characters are believable and you really care about them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 July 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars There Must Be Something Wrong With Me 7 Feb 2014
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-------because I did not notice all these errors about which the other reviewers have spoken.
A gentle, undemanding story. It took a little while to get into, but in the end I wanted to know how the characters fared.
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2.0 out of 5 stars rabbits and the war 4 Feb 2014
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I thought I would read this as a bit of a social history lesson but didn't get too much more than about the breeding of rabbits in the Second World War. Not very fast paced but not unpleasant don't think I'll be turning to this author again!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good character studies and reflects everyday life in World War ...
Witty, good character studies and reflects everyday life in World War two. Monica Dickens is an excellent novelist, her use of language is superb, far better than any chicklit... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Victoria Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Old Romantic
I enjoyed other books by Monica Dickens but I found this rather pedestrian and slow to develop characters I could have sympathy with.
Published 7 months ago by Pauline Isaacson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!
I rediscovered Monica Dicken's unique writing style through this book. She has a very clever way of writing from the inside of the character.
Published 8 months ago by Kelly A19
5.0 out of 5 stars A delight
I have just rediscovered Monica Dickens and she's just as good as I remember. This is a sweet book with a lovely ending and interesting plot.
Published 9 months ago by M. Please
4.0 out of 5 stars Revisiting Monica Dickens
I much enjoyed reading this work which I had not previously encountered. Loved the characterisation and description of everyday wartime life. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Moscow visitor
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what i expected/hoped
I like books set during the war and find them interesting, but unfortunately this one didn't hit the spot. Maybe if you're really into rabbits that might help. Read more
Published 9 months ago by alison greenway
3.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected
I read many of Monica Dickens' in my youth so I was interested in 'The Fancy' as a book I did not remember. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Gardener
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked it but I didn't love it
I enjoyed this book but I think it tries to do too much. Based around a munitions factory in WWII. The central character is Edward but unfortunately there are too many characters... Read more
Published 11 months ago by jane 01656
5.0 out of 5 stars crammed with people
this novel gradually becomes filled with more and more characters that we grow to know more and more about, effortlessly, and you find yourself really wanting to know what is going... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mrs L. Parr
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