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High Rising

A Virago Modern Classic

By Angela Thirkell

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The first of Angela Thirkell's brilliantly satirical English comedies set in the fictional county of Barsetshire, High Rising is now available as a Virago Modern Classic. Perfect for fans of Stella Gibbons, PG Wodehouse or EF Benson.

Successful lady novelist Laura Morland and her boisterous young son Tony set off to spend Christmas at her country home in the sleepy surrounds of High Rising. But Laura's wealthy friend and neighbour George Knox has taken on a scheming secretary whose designs on marriage to her employer threaten the delicate social fabric of the village. Can clever, practical Laura rescue George from Miss Grey's clutches and, what's more, help his daughter Miss Sibyl Knox to secure her longed-for engagement?

Utterly charming and very funny, High Rising is irresistible comic entertainment.

Biographical Notes

Angela Thirkell (1890-1961) was the eldest daughter of John William Mackail, a Scottish classical scholar and civil servant, and Margaret Burne-Jones. Her relatives included the pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones, Rudyard Kipling and Stanley Baldwin, and her grandfather was J. M. Barrie. She was educated in London and Paris, and began publishing articles and stories in the 1920s. In 1931 she brought out her first book, a memoir entitled Three Houses, and in 1933 her comic novel High Rising - set in the fictional county of Barsetshire, borrowed from Trollope - met with great success. She went on to write nearly thirty Barsetshire novels, as well as several further works of fiction and non-fiction. She was twice married and had four children.

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  • ISBN: 9781844088836
  • Publication date: 22 Nov 2012
  • Page count: 288
  • Imprint: Virago
Charming, very funny indeed. Angela Thirkell is perhaps the most Pym-like of any twentieth-century author, after Pym herself — Alexander McCall Smith
Appealing — Glasgow Sunday Herald
A smart new edition . . . A terrific holiday story — The Lady
A delightfully entertaining comedy of manners. Full of period charm and witty authorial comment — Good Book Guide
To be so witty and charming yet also so brilliantly brusque and practical as Laura Morland is my new year's resolution — Pippa Wright, author of The Foster Husband
Charming, very funny indeed. Angela Thirkell is perhaps the most Pym-like of any twentieth-century author, after Pym herself. — Alexander McCall Smith
Appealing. — Glasgow Sunday Herald
A smart new edition . . . A terrific holiday story. — The Lady
A delightfully entertaining comedy of manners. Full of period charm and witty authorial comment. — Good Book Guide
To be so witty and charming yet also so brilliantly brusque and practical as Laura Morland is my new year's resolution — Pippa Wright, author of The Foster Husband
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