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Perfectly horrid - when fanfic goes wrong
on 30 December 2014
Mr Fraser-Sampson has, to use modern parlance, taken diabolical liberties with E.F. Benson's beloved characters. The final chapter and epilogue were reminiscent of the final episode of the drama "Six Feet Under", when you see the characters die. There were some nice moments, but the constant references to characters ageing, possible signs of dementia and indeed the clear signpostings of unhappy endings made for an uncomfortable read. Tilling and its inhabitants are timeless and not to be destroyed at the whim of a man trying to make a quick buck. Let's hope that Mr Fraser-Sampson has written his last Lucia book (he'll have to write them as prequels if he hasn't) and perhaps Tom Holt can follow up his excellent "Lucia in Wartime" and "Lucia Triumphant". Alternatively, given the wild success of his new TV adaptation, perhaps Steve Pemberton can find time to pen a new story.