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Three Houses [Kindle Edition]

Angela Thirkell
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As heard on BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week

‘There is always in our minds the hope that we may find again those golden unhastening days and wake up and dream’

In this beautifully nostalgic memoir, eminent author Angela Thirkell recalls in rich detail the three houses in which she grew up. Focusing first on ‘The Grange’, where her grandfather, the celebrated painter Sir Edward Burne-Jones, set the cultivated tone, Thirkell also reminisces about her parents’ home in Kensington Square and the Burne-Jones’ seaside retreat, where Angela’s cousin, Rudyard Kipling, lived across the green.

A tale of forbidden explorations, Punch and Judy shows, and adventures in the garden, Three Houses is beautifully evocative of the innocent quality of childhood. From the busy literary centre of London to the English coast, this stunning memoir is both reminiscent of the golden days of youth and an interesting vision of a writer and the early influences that informed her later work.

About the Author

Angela Thirkell (1890 - 1961), granddaughter of the pre-Raphaelite painter Sir Edward Burne-Jones, cousin of Rudyard Kipling and mother to novelist Colin MacInnes, was born in Kensington Square, London. A prolific author, she wrote over thirty novels in her lifetime, mostly set in Barsetshire. Three Houses, a memoir of her childhood, was her first book and became an immediate success on its publication in 1931.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 780 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (29 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009E99FLS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #144,077 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY INTERESTING EDWARDIAN CHILDHOOD 27 April 2014
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Angela Thirkell was the granddaughter of Sir Edward Burne-Jones, the pre-Raphaelite artist and cousin of Rudyard Kipling. Her life span was 1890-1961. This book tells of her childhood experiences, with her brother and baby sister in the various houses of her family, and a little of close friends around them. It sheds first-hand light on a period of time when we tend to think life was more idyllic than it obviously was. Even with fame and wealth, big houses and servants, everyday life and the environment could be marred by many factors just as it is today in the 21st Century. Life is very much easier for us in general, but unfortunately we do not on the whole appreciate what we have, and abuse it when we should be taking more care of it for ourselves and future generations.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant evocation of Edwardian childhood 29 Dec 2012
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Angela Thirkell was the granddaughter of Burne-Jones, one of the pre-Raphaelite painters of the late 19th - early 20th century era. Her remembrances of her childhood are intimately interwoven with the artistic world of the era and present a vivid and exquisitely crafted evocation of that world as well as her place in it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Turn of the century idyllic childhood. 25 July 2014
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This is a delightful little book about a late Edwardian childhood with Burne jones as her grandfather. London and Sussex. I am devoted to Angela thirkell, and this was a big treat.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great reading 1 July 2013
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loved this book and have bought 2 more copies as gifts for friends.

it was lovely to see the portrayal of edward burne jones as such a loving grandfather and the normal everyday life of such well known names it was a great read.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Angela Thirkell's first book 14 Feb 2014
By T. Bently VINE VOICE
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This a very descriptive evocation of a middle-class Edwardian childhood. Not a lot happens but their are some nice touches. I especially liked the author eating lobster tails then using the antennae to decorate her hats! A gentle tome, unlikely to shock anyone.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming late Victorian childhood 22 April 2009
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The charming autobiography of an idealised childhood in the 1890s in south England, by the grand-daughter of Sir Edward Burne-Jones.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lovely gift 17 Mar 2013
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Bought this for my mother after hearing extracts on Radio 4. She lives in Rottingdean which is one of the places featured in the book. Beautiful design on the cover. Would quite have liked a hardback copy.
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