2016: 30.-31.  Yet More Thirkell

I know, I know, but now that I’ve started I want to read the all.  Or at least all that are available at the Newton Free Library.  The same negative criticisms as before - super snobby and elitist, etc. etc. (so much talk of “Them”!).  The same good points, too - so interesting to get a view of War and post-War life in Britain (oh my Lord, Austerity was so austere!), the lovely little romances, and, the part that keeps dragging me back in, the interconnected and recurring characters that weave in and out of each book.  I mean, at this point, it’s beyond recommending or not, I just have an obsession you all are going to have to patiently wait through until I start reading real books again (SPOILER ALERT, due to my laziness and backlog, I can positively affirm that I have, in fact, started reading real books again).

“It will not, we hope, surprise our readers to hear that Lady Cora Waring, formerly Lady Cora Palliser, only daughter of the Duke of Omnium, wife of Sir Cecil Waring of Beliers Priory, was expecting what used to be called an interesting event.”

Happy Returns, Angela Thirkell

So, this is the series in a nutshell.  Either you have patience for that sentence, or you don’t.  I do, of course, being obsessed with Britain from the late Victorians through, oh, 1963.  But even I think I might need to read some, like, Dasheill Hammet or Elmore Leonard next.  

Regardless, this books consists of Lady Cora’s baby, Charles Belton’s engagement to the spoiled and unhappy Clarissa Graham, and Grace Grantley’s two possible suitors (both lovely, though I prefer the one she didn’t pick).  Life is struggling with Austerity, which for these simps means not enough liquor and less fancy teas, an also having to give up their big mansions, which, damnit makes me sad and makes me want to burn down the rich.  Complicated emotions about Toryism, I guess.  But I liked this one a lot.

Mrs. Noel Merton looked out of the dining-room window with considerable displeasure.

Private Enterprise, Angela Thirkell

I do not know why they put these Victorian ladies on the cover of a novel set in 1946.  Very misleading, if you were an average consumer instead of a nutter like me.  But this one has our old friend Lydia Merton, and her brother Colin who is in love with a young war widow, Peggy Arbuthot, and her sister in law, Miss Arbuthnot, and vicars in love, and how hard it is to find a home in the post war years (this time a legitimate small cottage), and also a lovely lesbian couple that everyone basically just accepts as-is, which I found surprising and also adored.

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017