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Author: Angela Thirkell Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9781481567992
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In August Folly, the village of Worsted is staging Hippolytus. Inevitably, the most absurd romances bloom. Boorish young Richard Tebbins, just down from Oxford, falls in love with Mrs. Dean, mother of nine, whose oldest son loves Richard’s sister, but she loves another. And round and round it goes. Amidst a series of comic catastrophes, everyone manages to redeem themselves.

Witty, snobbish, sweet, and evocative, Mrs. Thirkell’s Barsetshire novels provide a bemused scrutiny of British manners in the most delightfully entertaining doses.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The book is charming because the author writes with a very pretty humor, sharp but not biting.”

    New York Times

  • “It is the essence of her humor that her people mean well even when they are exposed at their most insufferable.”

    Times Literary Supplement

  • “Mrs. Thirkell’s Worsted is always a pleasant place and the Tebbens are often really funny.”

    Saturday Review of Literature

  • “A pleasant tale of folksy people with some keen analysis of character.”

    Springfield Republican

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 1/26/2013

    " This is one of the first Angela Thirkell books I read, and I really enjoyed it. All of her books are about normal everyday people, but she finds humor in everything. She is a very charming writer! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 12/3/2012

    " I have been re-reading Angela Thirkell for decades and still prefer the pre-WWI novels, with this one possibly my favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 2/12/2012

    " Angela Thirkell binge continues with very satisfying results. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caro | 8/3/2011

    " Poor Mrs. Tebben and poor Richard, who is an ungrateful wretch but shown in as good a light as he ever warranted when he saves little Jessica from the mad bull. The romance between Helen and Mr. Fanshawe is a special treat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bev | 1/11/2011

    " A wonderful and witty slice of British life. Very funny! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacquie | 8/31/2010

    " Enjoyable "proper" book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alisha | 5/27/2010

    " Takes a while to get used to the characters and to find out that they're generally likeable, because most of them have issues. Lots of people to keep track of. Wasn't sure how much I was enjoying it at least a third of the way through, but it ended well. "

About the Author

Angela Thirkell (1890–1961) granddaughter of Sir Edward Burne-Jones, was born in London. At age twenty-eight, she moved to Melbourne, Australia, where she became involved in broadcasting and was a frequent contributor to British periodicals. She began writing novels after her return to Britain in 1930 and from then on produced a new book almost every year. Her stylish prose and deft portrayal of the human comedy in the imaginary county of Barsetshire have amused readers for decades.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.