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  • Audio CD: 3 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio; Abridged edition edition (5 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405509627
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405509626
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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Book Description

The first book in the outrageously funny Mapp and Lucia series

About the Author

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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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 April 2017
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Edward Frederic Benson started off his Mapp and Lucia series with this novel, which was first published in 1920. Here we meet Mrs Emmeline Lucas, known to her friends as Lucia, as she presides over the wealthy in the village of Riseholme.

With George ‘Georgie’ Pillson as Lucia’s second in command we see our main protagonist act like a general in charge of the field as she plots to stay at the top of the local society, with everyone else kowtowing to her. Always a pleasure to read this is packed full of comedy as we see the plotting and sniping that goes on in what to all appearances looks like a lovely little village.

There is the Guru who turns up, Lucia’s soirées and piano playing, one-upmanship, and even a psychic paying a visit. Always for Mrs Lucas there is the worry that someone else could trump her, and what with a new person moving into a cottage, an opera singer, could this add yet even more pressure to Lucia’s prestige?

As we see characters pretending to be au fait with a foreign language, music and other arts, we also see vanity and snobbery, as Benson pokes fun at the upper middle class in the main. We see his scathing wit pointed at the home owners, and not their servants, who have to put up with what is going on around them.

Riseholme is based on the real village of Broadway in Worcestershire, which is worth a visit if you are in the area. Although I could put down that such things that happen here are long in the past I know I would be lying, after all I have stopped many a time at a tea shop in small places, and you can at times overhear conversations that would not be out of place within this book.
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I gave up very quickly. Not my sort of thing at all as I found the main characters quite unsympathetic. This was no doubt intentional but that did not help
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My introduction to the world of E.F. Benson's Mapp & Lucia novels was via the BBC TV adaptation broadcast in the UK in late December 2014. E.F. Benson's Mapp & Lucia novels were also recommended to me on GoodReads.

I am writing this review having just finished Queen Lucia, the first book in the Mapp and Lucia series. The novels, in chronological order, are:

Queen Lucia (1920)
Miss Mapp (1922)
Lucia in London (1927)
Mapp and Lucia (1931)
Lucia's Progress (1935) (published in the US as Trouble for Lucia (1939))

There are also five other books based on the same characters written by other authors.

In this first book in the series we are introduced to Mrs Emmeline Lucas, known by all as Lucia (due to her penchant for using Italian phrases), along with a host of other characters.

Whilst I am not convinced Queen Lucia should be taken at face value (it is a satire after all) it does give broad hints at the lifestyle of the idle rich in 1920's English society. For a book that was written almost a hundred years ago, it also feels remarkably fresh and readable.

One character, the gullible Mrs Daisy Quantock, is prone to embrace some of the era's health crazes and as such we get a short but interesting exposition of the tenets of Christian Science, and then an amusing dalliance with yoga - taught by her personal guru; and then onto another splendid infatuation with spiritualism via the services of a Russian medium known as Princess Popoffski.
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I listened to the audiobook, a lovely way to read Benson, with the wonderful Geraldine McEwan making a perfect Lucia.

I've not long ago read Mapp and Lucia, as well as watched the BBC's fabulous adaptation at Christmas, and so some of the story seemed very familiar from those sources.

In 1920, social queen bee Emmeline Lucus (known as Lucia to all) rules the roost of al that happens in the village of Riseholme. This is one of a series about Lucia (and later Elizabeth Mapp), detailing the small misadventures of her and her social circle, with the backbiting, social climbing and posturing that makes these a pleasure to read.

I love this series, though they do all feel very much on a similar vein. The minor characters all get little roles to play, with Lucia and Georgie (and here Lucia's husband Papino) taking the lion's share of the story, humour and enjoyment. There were a few phrases that made me think "that sounds like Pride and Prejudice", and I wondered if Austen's language served as a model. Lucia is such a contradiction - scheming, smart, condescending, goodness itself.

She's a pleasure to visit with. And to laugh at.

This was a very amusing way to pass a few hours, and an author that deserves more recognition - he's very funny. I'll be looking for more in the series.
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Emmeline Lucas, known as Lucia to all her friends, rules the little English town of Riseholm with her (very few) words of Italian, her social and cultural snobbery, and her charming ability to always come up on top. But rebellion is in the wind and even Lucia's social lieutenant, Georgie, wonders whether the prime position always has to be Lucia's...

Full of the mosr marvellous characters, hysterical situations and sublime writing, this is like Waugh, Wodehouse and Mitford all rolled into one and set amongst the English small town middle classes. Benson never misses a nuance and yet makes his characters completely loveable at the same time as we laugh at them, sometimes with tears of horror.

This is the first of a six book series and they really do need to be read it order - utterly wonderful, this is one of my go-to books whenever I need a pick-up.
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