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The Duke's Daughter: A Novel (Angela Thirkell Barsetshire Series)

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Several of our favourite characters reappear to play sometimes crucial roles: Lady Norton, the Dreadful Dowager; Gradka of the Mixo-Lydians; the obnoxious Harvey siblings; and the appallingly accident prone Mrs Updike. Lady Norton calls upon recently married Lucy Adams after a nine finger exercise determines that congratulations may be in order. Gradka, now Mixo-Lydian Ambassadress is instrumental (with Maria Lufton) in routing Miss Harvey's matrimonial assault on Oliver Marling. She also helps to rescue Tom Grantly from his ill-advised venture into the clutches of Geoffrey Harvey and the Red Tape Office. Oliver is frightened out of his 'habit' of love for Jessica Dean and perennial unclehood into a real attachment for Maria. Charles Belton and Clarissa Graham advance from 'understanding' to engagement, Tom and Emmy Graham, united in 'cow-mindedness', follow suit as do Lady Cora (the Duke's daughter) and Cecil Waring; all within a twenty four hour period.

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  • PDF | 357 pages
  • Angela Thirkell(Author)
  • Moyer Bell Ltd ,U.S.; Reprint edition (20 May 1998)
  • English
  • 6
  • Fiction
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  • By amantedofado on 3 November 2004

    Angela Thirkell is an undeservedly forgotten 20th-century English author, a bit like Olivia Manning. Of course, Thirkell's tales, unlike Manning's, are very slight things, as low-key as it's humanly possible to get, subtle, endearing, even lunatic, with a changing cast of characters who spend their time very discreetly romancing, eating afternoon tea, attending the occasional country ball, doing things in the garden, dressing up in peer's robes for fun, chatting, and ranging from totally boring to utterly fascinating. The books deserve to be read out loud, and they deserve to be much, much better known. It's a disgrace that no UK publisher seems to have her in print.

  • By Katkin on 22 August 2015

    Another delightful classic by Angela Thirkell. My advice would be to try to read her books in sequence. I didn't do this so it somewhat spoiled my enjoyment. She was a wonderful writer who valued the power of words and the beauty of expression. Anyone who us interested in the upper middle class of the 1930s should read her books.

  • By Lily Hegel on 7 July 2014

    Angela Thirkell delivered her usual mix in this novel. Probably not to everyone's taste but if you like romantic sagas with interesting characters and can overlook the casual xenophobia and snobbery, I recommend it highly. The flashes of wit alone are well worth it.

  • By Dorothy Barbour on 3 December 2014

    A really good read, not just for story but for the author's delight in irony and gentle social satire... Characters are warmly human

  • By Riapav on 11 November 2014

    Another gem from Thirkell

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