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Wild Strawberries

Wild Strawberries At Rushwater House in West Barsetshire Lady Emily Leslie and her family are entertaining an assortment of houseguests hangers on and French monarchists Amidst a welter of rapturous embraces and moo

At Rushwater House in West Barsetshire, Lady Emily Leslie and her family are entertaining an assortment of houseguests, hangers on, and French monarchists Amidst a welter of rapturous embraces and moonlight madness, a marriage is finally arranged, as well as the glittering summer party that provides the setting for this novel s hilarious climax With a refreshing mix of sAt Rushwater House in West Barsetshire, Lady Emily Leslie and her family are entertaining an assortment of houseguests, hangers on, and French monarchists Amidst a welter of rapturous embraces and moonlight madness, a marriage is finally arranged, as well as the glittering summer party that provides the setting for this novel s hilarious climax With a refreshing mix of satire and comedy, Wild Strawberries brilliantly captures the many nonsensical intrigues of both young and old.

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About Author

  1. Angela Thirkell says:
    Angela Margaret Mackail was born on January 30, 1890 at 27 Young Street, Kensington Square, London Her grandfather was Sir Edward Burne Jones the pre Raphaelite painter and partner in the design firm of Morris and Company for whom he designed many stained glass windows seven of which are in St Margaret s Church in Rottingdean, West Sussex Her grandmother was Georgiana Macdonald, one of a precocious family which included among others, Stanley Baldwin, the Prime Minister, and Rudyard Kipling Angela s brother, Denis Mackail, was also a prolific and successful novelist Angela s mother, Margaret Burne Jones, married John Mackail an administrator at the Ministry of Education and Professor of Poetry at Oxford University.Angela married James Campbell McInnes in 1911 James was a professional Baritone and performed at concert halls throughout the UK In 1912 their first son Graham was born and in 1914 a second son, Colin A daughter was born in 1917 at the same time her marriage was breaking up In November 1917 a divorce was granted and Angela and the children went to live with her parents in Pembroke Gardens in London The child, Mary, died the next year.Angela then met and married George Lancelot Thirkell in 1918 and in 1920 they traveled on a troop ship to George s hometown in Australia Their adventures on the Friedricksruh are recounted in her Trooper to the Southern Cross published in 1934 In 1921, in Melbourne Australia, her youngest son Lancelot George was born Angela left Australia in 1929 with 8 year old Lance and never returned Although living with her parents in London she badly needed to earn a living so she set forth on the difficult road of the professional writer Her first book, Three Houses, a memoir of her happy childhood was published in 1931 and was an immediate success The first of her novels set in Trollope s mythical county of Barsetshire was Demon in the House, followed by 28 others, one each year.Angela also wrote a book of children s stories entitled The Grateful Sparrow using Ludwig Richter s illustrations a biography of Harriette Wilson, The Fortunes of Harriette an historical novel, Coronation Summer, an account of the events in London during Queen Victoria s Coronation in 1838 and three semi autobiographical novels, Ankle Deep and Oh, These Men, These Men and Trooper to the Southern Cross When Angela died on the 29th of January 1961 she left unfinished the last of her books, Three Score and Ten which was completed by her friend, Caroline LeJeune Angela is buried in Rottingdean alongside her daughter Mary and her Burne Jones grandparents.

Comment 890 on “Wild Strawberries

  1. Jane says:
    Oh, this is lovely Wild Strawberries is the story of one aristocratic English family and one glorious summer in between the wars And it is set in Angela Thirkell s Barchestershire, a place where every single person, however high or low their situation, is happy and accepting of their situation and the role they are to play.You need to be able to accept that and I can understand that some might not be able to but I can, and if you can too, you will find much to enjoy in this light, bright and spa [...]

  2. Linda Dobinson says:
    Of the three Angela Thirkell novels I have read this is my favourite it is wonderful Wild Strawberries is set in a Downton Abbey type world I say type because there is comedy but no drama.One of the things that fascinates me about classics is the language As you read books from different periods you notice how the language changes For example in 19 century novels there are words such as tolerable, countenance face , altered There are none of these words in Wild Strawberries which was published i [...]

  3. Emily says:
    The literary equivalent of eating a cream puff, but it made me laugh.

  4. Hana says:
    An amusing, mildly diverting portrait of a family and a village in the year just before World War II The impossibly scatterbrained Lady Emily and her large extended family make for an entertaining weekend visit to the Great House, though I would find them all vastly annoying for much longer than that A few adumbrations of the horrors to come give the story just enough of a hidden edge one wonders what became of them all when the bombs began to fall on their idyllic world.G A clean read.

  5. Shopgirl says:
    Cette parenth se anglaise d licieusement r tro doit se lire assez rapidement pour ne pas lasser elle vous parle d une poque r volue pendant laquelle le monde se voulait aussi l ger que possible Downton Abbey par certains c t s, avec l humour qu il faut et l ternelle question des relations amoureuses Le parfum des fraises sauvages est aussi rafra chissant que promis

  6. GraceAnne says:
    So delicious, like a glass of sweet lemonade on a hot afternoon or a china cup of darjeeling on a cold one Completely without guile, with tongue firmly in cheek, and exquisitely written And very, very funny.

  7. QNPoohBear says:
    In the days between the wars life goes on as usual for Lady Emily and Mr Leslie and their family Their grandson Martin is fast becoming a man and will one day take over the estate, second son John is a quiet widower still mourning his late wife, much to his parents sorrow youngest son David is jolly and irrepressible as he figures out his path in life their daughter Agnes is visiting with her brood for the summer as is Agnes husband s niece Mary As the summer goes on the Leslies and co will form [...]

  8. Mela says:
    I see the movie, with Stephen Fry of course I love the British comedies and this book is a great material for a very funny and engaging movie.I have had so much fun with this piece I will definitely read of Angela Thirkell.When I think of the scene in the church or with the gong I am smiling from ear to ear There were so ridiculous moments, they are simply delightful Thirkell seams to be a master of the genre Lady Emily, Agnes they are wonderful One of the best comedies I have ever read I am no [...]


  9. ^ says:
    Mary Preston, the unmarried twenty three year old niece unrelated by blood of Lady Agnes Graham the latter is sweet natured, but alas not over endowed with brains , is staying awhile at Rushwater House in Barsetshire, a seat strangely overlooked by Pevsner amongst England s lesser country houses One almost feels a desire to search the annals of Country Life , where surely an article has been published The exact composition of family resident at any one time fluctuates this being a house whose in [...]

  10. Clarabel says:
    Le roman croque une saison la campagne, chez des jeunes gens ais s et oisifs, sans distiller un soup on de manich isme, juste dans le souci de partager une tranche de vie frivole et guillerette.Le rendu fait mouche Et on go te avec d lice aux nombreux ingr dients qui constituent cette com die rafra chissante et l g re C est d goulinant de charme vintage, et c est tout bon blogclarabelnalblog arc

  11. Alisha says:
    This was delightful Possible spoilers I don t know, I ll try not to give endings away, at least It took me about two chapters to get into it Evidently one of Angela Thirkell s trademarks is to throw A WHOLE BUNCH of characters at you and then hope that you get them all sorted out pretty quick This may even be one of her easier ones, but it still took me a little while to settle everyone s role in my mind The you read, the easier it gets though, because everyone is quite well defined as a charac [...]


  12. Dana Loo says:
    Leggere la Thirkell come venire proiettati in una delle tante sonnacchiose, pittoresche ma movimentate conteee inglesi degli anni 20 30 dove, in prima fila, assistiamo divertiti, perplessi, ammiccanti, bonari alle rocambolesche, spesso surreali, vicissitudini di un nugolo di personaggi davvero eccentrici, per non dire strambi che, al pari di attori di una brillante commedia british, recitano coralmente una quotidianit , fatta di curiosi ma affettuosi rapporti familiari, di battibecchi con la ser [...]

  13. Veronica says:
    Deliciously funny, to use a Thirkellism This book is absolutely perfect to read when you are feeling glum and under the weather it will make you laugh out loud The upper class characters at its centre are ridiculously wonderful, all so self absorbed that they pay no attention to other people and are constantly getting hold of the wrong end of the stick Lady Emily s attempts to organise everyone and everything are sensibly ignored by the lower class characters who actually get things done The bun [...]

  14. Wealhtheow says:
    A summer at an English Country house in the 1930s, with all the accompanying silliness and minor inconveniences and class issues that one might expect from such a setting It is laugh out loud funny there is a wonderfully irreverent joy in the foibles, idiocies, and innocent pleasures of minor gentry Two things marred my pleasure 1, this was written between world wars and contains some bs antisemitism and someone is compared to an n word, and 2, the love story is utterly unconvincing view spoiler [...]

  15. Ellie says:
    I must admit, I seem to have a definite weakness for satires.Wild Strawberries is well written and deliciously funny The plot was a wonderful blend of everyday life and absurdities I really liked the characters they were treading a fine line between realistic and caricature, but in a very genuine, human sort of way.I definitely recommend I will mention, that it s a book of it s time There are underlying hints of racism, sexism and class ism class ism I can t remember the right word Personally, I [...]

  16. Jennifer says:
    I loved being introduced to Angela Thirkell in High Rising and yet I let this second installment sit in the TBR pile for a long time I m glad I finally picked this up again to revisit Barsetshire I love the tone and and the summer breezy feeling of these novels The story centers around a romance but it is written with enough sharped eyed social commentary and wit to let the reader know that this is than a mere confection This is the perfect book to enjoy in hammock with a tall glass of spiked l [...]

  17. Lewerentz says:
    Charmant, l ger, une petite douceur l g rement acidul e comme une fraise des bois sauvage donc Un m lange entre B Pym, M Wesley et une pointe de P G Wodehouse.

  18. Suni says:
    Pu sembrare un controsenso, ma, nonostante abbia dato a questo libro solo 3 stelline, leggerlo stata un esperienza estremamente piacevole e lo consiglio a chi ha gusti simili ai miei.Ma andiamo con ordine e partiamo dall autrice.Angela Thirkell stata una scrittrice inglese dalla vita ben poco ordinaria Si spos , ebbe un paio di figli e divorzi per le troppe corna, dopodich si rispos e segu il secondo marito in Australia, ebbe un altro figlio ma presto si rese conto che laggi non ci voleva rimane [...]

  19. Arpita (BagfullofBooks) says:
    Young Mary Preston has been invited to spend the summer at the sprawling country estate of Rushwater, belonging to Lady Emily Leslie Wild Strawberries is the story of that very idyllic time, Mary Preston s romantic entanglements and the summertime activities of the landed country gentry.Full review at bagfullofbooks 2017 03 08

  20. Susan in NC says:
    I love Angela Thirkell s Barsetshire novels and am reading them as I can find them, so was thrilled to see them being reprinted I agree with other reviewers here that the rather slapdash editing and printing in some of the books is frustrating, but nothing can spoil the pleasure of another visit with Thirkell s wonderful characters for me Here we visit Rushwater House and meet the Leslie family which includes three of my new favorite characters Lady Emily Leslie, her long suffering husband Henry [...]

  21. Uranie - Alivreouvert.net says:
    Etant une grande fan de litt rature, et en particulier de l humour anglais la Wodehouse, je ne pouvais qu tre tent e par ce livre Je n avais jamais rien lu d Angela Thirkell donc ce fut une vraie d couverte.Si l histoire est assez pr visible dans l ensemble, elle r serve quelques jolis coups de th tre sur les intrigues secondaires la galerie des personnages est irr sistible pour ceux qui aiment ce genre de personnages compl tement d lirants mais finalement si attachants.Ce n est pas un grand liv [...]

  22. Anne says:
    This is the book that sets the scene for so many books that follow If you can tolerate the biases of her class and time, Thirkell can t be beat She chronicled English society in real time, as she cranked out a book a year for close to 30 years, from servant troubles in the 30 s to lack of servant troubles in the 50 s Great if you like funny drawing room humor, although she got a little overwrought in her latter years.

  23. Catie says:
    Really enjoying this quaint series by Ms Thirkell Whimsical and light, it s a great book and series to get lost in when you need a little light romance in your life Although there isn t much substance to the story, I did find myself enchanted with the characters, laughing at their little quirks and nuances And smiling as I finished the last page I m looking forward to continuing on with this series.

  24. Melwasul says:
    La suite de ma chronique ici lune et plume le parfum desComment ne pas commencer ma chronique en remerciant les ditions Charleston d tre all es sortir du grenier cette petite perle, de l avoir d poussi r e pour nous offrir ce roman dr le souhait, un brin d jant , compl tement d cal mais si d licieux

  25. Eileen says:
    Eh While this was a reasonably well constructed story, it was just boring Most of the characters went undeveloped, as the author relied steadfastly on mannerism and stereotype The book s problems were unimportant, and the outcome was almost entirely predictable Undemanding fine for anglophiles to read on the beach, falling asleep at appropriate intervals.

  26. Kay Robart says:
    See my review here whatmeread.wordpress 2016

  27. Carolin says:
    Some of the characters were very funny and enjoyable, but the love story was terrible Someone should have punched the girl on page 120 and it would have all been much better.

  28. Jamie Collins says:
    3.5 stars This is a cozy visit with a large, happy, well to do family at their idyllic country home in England, between the wars I very much enjoyed the characterizations There s no plot to speak of unless you count an unconvincing romance, but it s an amusing read It s complete fluff, weighted down only occasionally by poignant moments of grief for the eldest son of the family, who was killed in the Great War.A nice example of the prose Could I speak to you for a moment, madam said Nannie to Ag [...]

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