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3.23 of 5 stars 3.23  ·  rating details  ·  22 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Trooper to the Southern Cross is "the" unique novel among Angela Thirkell's many books. For in these surprising and fascinating pages, which were originally published in 1934 under the pseudonym "Leslie Parker," the modern chronicler of Barsetshire assumes the voice of an Australian army officer and relates an amusing, rough-and-tumble sea story about an eventful, post-Wor ...more
Paperback, 177 pages
Published 1985 by Virago Modern Classics (first published 1934)
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Feb 17, 2015 Miriam added it
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Not a book I would normally pick up -- I got it for my mother, who loves Thirkell and has read everything she wrote under her own name -- but the first few chapters were really quite funny and well-written. I'll probably pick up one of the novels Thirkell is better known for and give her a try, after all.
Great and funny book about a hellish voyage home for a group of Australian soldiers after World War I. Thoroughly enjoyable.
May 03, 2010 Cera rated it 1 of 5 stars
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I suspect this may actually be Thirkell's best book, but I don't read her for the sort of thing this book has to offer.
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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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