John Hatton

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The Complete Mapp & Lucia Volume One: Queen Lucia,&hellip by E.F. Benson
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The two chunky volumes which comprise "The Complete Mapp and Lucia" are a must for my desert island.

They contain the six novels of the series, and lengthy forewords by Keith Carabine, which at a superficial glance might lead you to suppose that the work of Fred Benson is obscure, and needs explanation. Of course it doesn't - the jokes, though elaborate in execution are simple in concept, and expressed with the felicity of Jane Austen and the aplomb of P G Wodehouse.

Indeed, Carabine self-effacingly, and wisely advises the reader to read the books first and then look at his notes.

The six novels are set in a world which no longer exists, that of the leisured… Read more