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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (136 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Angela Thirkell Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For those who have read and reread Austen, Trollope and Dickens, discovering a novel by Angela Thirkell is akin to finding gold in an abandoned mine. Long out of print, her novels are currently enjoying a minor renaissance.

Before Lunch is a portrait of the charming English community of "Barsetshire," based on the author's own Yoknapatawpha County. When a newly built tea shop and garage threaten to spoil the bovine pastures of Pooker's Piece, Lady Bond and Lord Pomfret unite with the Middletons and the Stoners to stop it. In the meantime, the young and the not-so-young all fall in love—though not always with the right person—and sort out their affairs in a hilarious welter of cross-purposes.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As the title of this bright, unashamedly nostalgic novel suggests, Angela Thirkell had a genius for the quotidian.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Golden Voice [Wanda McCaddon] provides freshness and dimension to characters who could easily be clichés. Her lighthearted touch invites nostalgia for a kinder, gentler time.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by LDuchess | 1/24/2013

    " Love this book....and the interwoven tapestry of Barset families "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leslie | 2/10/2012

    " This entry in Thirkell's Barsetshire series is more bittersweet than the previous ones... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Elena Richmond | 1/29/2012

    " This is my favorite Angela Thirkell, among her 25 or so, all of which I have read at least twice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by LDuchess | 4/17/2010

    " Love this book....and the interwoven tapestry of Barset families "

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About the Author
Author Angela Thirkell

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.