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Miss Bunting (Barsetshire #14)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  130 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Miss Bunting, governess to the County, fulfils her final days during a summer devoted to tutoring delicate Anne Fielding. Class distinctions are sharply delineated, especially by Lady Fielding who tries, in vain, to minimise Anne's contact with the ungainly Heather Adams. Mr Adams continues to involve himself in the affairs of the county, generating ambivalent feelings as ...more
Paperback, 322 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Moyer Bell (first published 1945)
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Apr 27, 2013 Leslie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Leslie by: Joan Garland
Shelves: british, humor
This 14th entry in Angela Thirkell's Barsetshire series had a lot of references to the Trollope series, especially in the families - the Frank Greshams and the Dales in particular. While knowing the Trollope series isn't required to enjoy this novel, it does add a spice to the storyline revolving about Mr. Adams of Hogglestock. Although I laughed aloud at several points while reading this, this novel (written at the end of WW2) has a feeling of sadness, not just about the dead & wounded men ...more
This month's book for the Angela Thirkell reading group. I love contemporary British fiction from this era, particularly books that take place during the Second World War. While she is a snob of the first order,Angela Thirkell is one of the few authors who chronicled the war year by year through her fiction.
Janelle Fallan
Why has it taken me so long to find Angela Thirkell? She is a 20th Century successor to Elizabeth Gaskell -- whom I LOVE -- using many of the same fictional settings as Anthony Trollope in his Barchester series. I am looking forward to many happy hours with both Thirkell and Trollope.
Aug 26, 2013 Alisha rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
Written in the last year of the war, the characters of Barsetshire are still in the thick of it. This book focuses on Jane Gresham, a young mother whose husband has been missing in action for four years. Also part of the action are Robin Dale, a schoolmaster who's back from the front with an amputated foot; Anne Fielding, a 17-year-old who's just on the cusp of grown-up-ness; Miss Bunting, an aging governess who represents the end of an era; and Sam and Heather Adams, a father and daughter who a ...more
I enjoy Angela Thirkell's books and pick them up wherever I can find them; as another reviewer noted here, yes, she is a snob of the first order, but honestly so for her class and time. The deprivations of World War II and subsequent rebuilding took a huge toll on British society and caused great upheaval in social class and expectations; perfectly understandable that people of Thirkell's class would long for an idealized past (she's like today's Tea Partiers!) At least she's got a sense of humo ...more
One of the best of Thirkell's Barsetshire series, written in 1945. A tribute to wounded veterans, cottage industries that supported the British war effort, wives whose husbands were MIA for months and years on end, and a hierarchical society being undermined by manufacturing and war. Thirkell gets her characters just right, not to mention all the clever humor.

I have been familiar for this series for many years, and just today I had an interesting revelation: take Sam Adams, the self-confident, s
NOT Moyer Bell version shown above. Mine is Hamish Hamilton, hardbound, 1945/1974. With dust jacket.

Sweet...continuing the closeness of Barsetshire society. Anne Fielding, Jane Gresham, Miss B, of course...and all the others. Begins the redemption of Sam Adams (and Heather--sort of).
Charming and slightly snobby as always, but she does allow Mr. Adams to start to become a real character, rather than a wealthy lower-class buffoon, as he was in some danger of becoming.
The first Thirkell I couldn't like and quite possibly the most boring book I've ever read.
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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 prec ...more
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