The Bell Family (Vintage Childrens Classics) Paperback – 6 Mar 2014
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"Noel Streatfeild has that happy, skillful knack of turning her characters into real people – something which only really good novelists can do. A first-rate book" (BBC Children’s Hour)
"Noel Streatfeild’s position in the children’s book world is unique. She is endlessly inventive, full of verve and real understanding of the surfaces of childhood. Her stories are rich in documentary interest and entertainment, escapism of a most satisfying sort" (Times Literary Supplement)
A charming tale of life in the Bell Family from the much-loved author of Ballet ShoesSee all Product Description
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It features the Bell family, who bear several striking resemblances to the author's own family, as portrayed in her autobiography 'The Vicarage Family'. As ever, there are some talented children: Paul who is highly academic and want to be a doctor, Jane who loves ballet, and Angus who sings well enough to have a place at a choir school but really doesn't want to sing. And then there's Ginnie, who is probably the one closest to Noel Streatfeild in character - kind-hearted but impulsive, bright but rebellious.
The book is a series of incidents through the year, showing the family contrasted with their rich and materialistic relatives, covering day-to-day problems and stresses, and seeing the children make some important decisions. It's far from the best of Noel Streatfeild's work, but it's very readable and I'm pleased to have this in my collection at last.
I really enjoyed this. All the characters are well written, and the plot moves on at a good pace. The episodic nature of the original radio scripts still shines through, but that is not a bad thing.
I hope something remains in the BBC archives of the original radio series, especially Joan Hickson's legendary Mrs Gage.
Streatfeild wrote a book sequel "New Town" which it would be nice to see reprinted.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love to read children's books every now and again just for some light entertainment and this took my eye as I have a close friend with the same name! Read morePublished 6 months ago by carol sparks
I personally don't like the book. The basic story is fine - but unfortunately I dislike the characters. There wasn't a single member of the family I could emphasise with. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Maxine Hopkinson
the whole family thoroughly enjoyed this story, we'll be reading more Noel StreatfieldPublished 11 months ago by emnige
Good vintage Noel Streatfield. A read that lowers your blood pressure!Published 11 months ago by Jane Andrews