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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio; Abridged edition edition (4 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405508744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405508742
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 1.6 x 13.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 420,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As Lucia finally gets to wear the mayoral robes, Miss Mapp is on hand to make things difficult in the final instalment of E. F. Benson's classic social comedy

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Edward Francis Benson was born in 1867 and educated at King's College, Cambridge. Mayor of Rye from 1934 to 1937, Benson was awarded the O.B.E. and made an Honorary Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge. E. F. Benson died in 1940.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By John Austin HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 22 Feb. 2002
Format: Paperback
Having worn mayoral robes himself, it is not surprising that writer E F Benson should have allowed readers of his Lucia novels to see how that scheming, contriving, arch social climbing lady would do the same when elected as the first lady mayor of the quaint village of Tilling. As the book's title suggests, donning the mayoral robes brings trouble for Lucia. She foresees that most of it is likely to derive from her arch rival for supremacy in local affairs, Miss Mapp. Accordingly she decides to make Elizabeth Mapp her mayoress. "It is far better to have her on a lead, bound to me by ties of gratitude that skulking about like a pariah dog, snapping at me," she tells her husband, Georgie Pillson.
Of course the dog lead soon becomes more like the rope in a tug of war as the two rivals strive to topple each other. Reading an account of the tension, in this the last of the Mapp and Lucia books, provides you with some of the best humour in English literature of the 1930s.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Howley VINE VOICE on 2 July 2013
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I just love E F Benson's Lucia books and have returned to them again and again over the years. Timeless, witty and filled with unforgettable characters. Highly recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marlene Farrimond on 22 Feb. 2010
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Having recently acquired two more Lucia books which prompted me to re-read the whole series I was seriously peeved at not having this one and indeed not even having ever read it . I was delighted to source it at Amazon , it lived up to my expectations . These books don't date and anyone who hasn't read them is missing a treat .
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By John B on 18 Jun. 2015
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a good read
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Bravo! Bellisimo! 22 Aug. 2002
By A. Woodley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
E. F. Benson has created one of the wonders of literature - two characters which you almost cannot like, up against one another - and the outcome makes absolutely wonderful and witty reading. This is the final instalment of the Risenholme/Tilling series. It was published first in 1939 and Benson died a year later.
Definitely trouble for Lucia, - trouble in the form of Miss Mapp-Flint predominantly - but also Lucia's overweening ego. Having moved from Riseholme to Miss Mapp's stomping ground of Tilling, Lucia has a rival she must really battle. Daisy Quantock of Risenholme is nothing to Miss Mapp (now of course Mrs Mapp-Flint). Of course Lucia moved to Tilling some time before, bringing Georgie with her - we saw her progress in the two previous novels - however the joke never seems to fade.
Lucia is still practising her false Italian, and her pseudo artistic pursuits - however this time she is mayor of Tilling. All venom is sugar coated and presented with perfectly in place smiles, and it all takes place in the tiny confines of Tilling. Although the deserving poor are mentioned it seems the whole village of Tilling revolves around a small cast of wonderfully drawn characters - Lucia and her now husband Georgie, Colonel and Mrs Mapp-Flint, Mr and Mrs Wyse, the Vicar and his mousie wife, Diva and 'quaint Irene'. No other characters really have anything to say - they might pass in and out of the action such as Foljambe (Georgies indispensible maid) and various town councillors - but they are never crowded into the scene.
The crises tend to be small - but the village is small so they become larger than life and the repercussions are hilarious - There is bridge to be played - and when Lucia decides that, as mayor she must set an example and not gamble for money she finds there are few supporters. Lucia must wangle her way out of a party which includes Italian speakers, and wangle her way _into_ an invitation to stay the night with a Duchess. There is the terrible irony of the unflattering portrait of Mrs Mapp-Flint which goes on to win picture of the year in London to be dealt with - and then there is the mystery (for the village anyway) of Colonel Mapp-Flint's missing crop - the one which he hit the tiger with across the nose before shooting it. Most marvellously there is the resolution of the unfortunate death of Blue Birdie, Susan Wyse's much beloved Budgerigaar. And while much of this might sound familiar from other Lucia novels, they are as freshly drawn as ever.
E F Benson doesn't bother with suspense for his readers - we always know where the riding crop is - or who Lucia will select as her mayoress - the joy of these novels is finding out _how_ this will happen. Things which begin in a chapter early on, might not reach their conclusion until near the end of the book.
It is such a pity the Lucia's ended here -there seems so much room to continue the shenanigans in Tilling, especially with all the promise of the war years. If you haven't read a Lucia before - start at the beginning with Queen Lucia and work your way through them. They only really make proper sense in order as there are characters and activities which cast right back to the first novel which won't really be amusing unless you have read them in order.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Mapp and Lucia as mayoress and mayor. 22 Feb. 2002
By John Austin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Having worn mayoral robes himself, it is not surprising that writer E F Benson should have allowed readers of his Lucia novels to see how that scheming, contriving, arch social climbing lady would do the same when elected as the first lady mayor of the quaint village of Tilling. As the book’s title suggests, donning the mayoral robes brings trouble for Lucia. She foresees that most of it is likely to derive from her arch rival for supremacy in local affairs, Miss Mapp. Accordingly she decides to make Elizabeth Mapp her mayoress. “It is far better to have her on a lead, bound to me by ties of gratitude that skulking about like a pariah dog, snapping at me,” she tells her husband, Georgie Pillson.
Of course the dog lead soon becomes more like the rope in a tug of war as the two rivals strive to topple each other. Reading an account of the tension, in this the last of the Mapp and Lucia books, provides you with some of the best humour in English literature of the 1930s.
Will hubris bring down the queen? 16 July 2015
By Whistlers Mom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the last in a series of five hilarious books about Lucia and her frenenmies in two small towns in pre-WWII England. The characters are middle-aged, middle class, and of no more than middling intelligence and character. But don't tell them I said so! A more self-satisfied bunch never lived and they find themselves (and each other) wildly fascinating. The reader is reluctantly drawn into their feuds and fads and bitchy gossip. Think of it as early "reality TV."

In this last book, Lucia's drive, guile, and nerve have brought her to a stage where she seems invincible. Once widowed, she is now happily (although chastely) married to her old friend and follower Georgie Pillson. She has at last obtained the house of her dreams - a dignified Queen Anne home that commands a full view of Tilling and its inhabitants. Thanks to lucky investments during the booming 1920's stock market, she is wealthier than she's ever been. And by spending some of that wealth judiciously, she's managed to get herself appointed Mayor of Tilling! What could stop her now?

Fortunately, Lucia's ego will ALWAYS cause her to overstep the bounds of reason and her friends are quick to resent her attempts to patronize and control them. Bridge without betting? Preposterous! On the other hand, who but Lucia could get a bunch of middle aged, totally sedentary people to ride bikes?

Lucia's new status as "Your Worship" (mayor) is only part of the excitement in Tilling. The irrepressible Diva opens a coffee shop, Susan is drawn into spiritualism, and eccentric artist Irene Coles paints a strange picture and becomes a national celebrity. But it's the re-appearance of Georgie's glamorous former girlfriend that really sets the cat among the pigeons. Can Lucia hang onto her husband?

Ideally, you should read the whole series to get the full favor, although each book can be read as a stand-alone. Several low-cost collections of the Lucia books have been offered, but (sadly) all have been taken down. I wouldn't pay $10 or anything close to it for this book. Hopefully, another reasonably priced collection will be available to Kindle users in the future. In the meantime, paperback editions can be found for a few dollars.
Begging for More 30 April 2014
By Spencer Reppe - Published on Amazon.com
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Just finished this sixth book in the Mapp & Lucia series, and laughed all the way through all six. The competition between Mapp and Lucia is always front and center. No one is more pedantic and pretentious than Lucia. She is intent on making Tilling a center of intellectual and artistic activity. Lucia advocates for social reforms that benefit the poor—clear the slums and pasteurize the milk. The general population gets film censorship and benches in sunny locations. And she is willing to raise taxes by "leaps and bounds". Adversary Elizabeth Mapp has been appointed "Mayoress" by Lucia with the philosophy of "keep your friends close, and your enemies closer". Someone kills their budgie bird when they accidentally sit on it, a dog chews and eats Major Flint's riding crop, "quaint" Irene becomes more prominent, Lucia learns to ride a bike, and the Duchess of Sheffield dominates the lives of Mapp and Lucia. Life in Tilling becomes exciting when all these events are rippling through their lives at the same time. The book ends with me wanting more, but I know that is impossible. However, BBC is filming a new Mapp and Lucia series to be shown in the fall of 2014. I hope to see it in the US soon thereafter.
I say farewell to Riseholme and Tilling as I fear their days are numbered. There are no children in either community, and only one woman of child-bearing age, and there are no eligible bachelors.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A delightful conclusion to the Lucia series. 28 Jun. 2009
By Notary Sojac - Published on Amazon.com
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If the final entry in the Lucia series doesn't quite live up to the earlier novels, no matter. It will still give a great deal of pleasure to Anglophiles and lovers of social satire and understated humor that respects the intelligence of the reader. Lucia is like Becky Sharp, but without the claws.
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