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The Holiday

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Summer has arrived and the Cotteril children are looking forward to the Holiday.

For Thea, Susan, Peter and Jane it's always a special time of year, as they escape their lives in the suburbs and visit the delights of the countryside with their mother and father.

All sorts of exciting adventures await them as they explore unfamiliar surroundings and meet a collection of fasc
Hardcover, 226 pages
Published August 27th 2015 by Bello (Pan Macmillan) (first published 1933)
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Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lovely, charming, and quaint, with a lot of depth to it, The Holiday was a wonderful first novel of Richmal Crompton's to pick. I adore her writing, and the way in which she follows each of her incredibly realistic characters throughout.
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
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The father of the family in this novel, originally published in 1933 but set in 1901, is a poor and somewhat saint-like rector who serves a slum-parish in Manchester. The only experience his five children have of holidays is the one month each summer when he goes as a "locum" (fill-in) to a rural parsonage (always a different one each year). For him it's a chance to turn to a different sort of work that refreshes him -- early church history scholarship. For his rather more worldly wife, it's not ...more
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A real oddity! Crompton's simplicity of style and directness of writing means it is difficult to see what audience this is pitched at. Initially it seems to be a children's book, especially when the family arrive at the holiday destination and the reactions of the children are described. The long description of the imagined fairy picnic almost led me to stop reading the book. Later, more adult themes are introduced and we get a very straightforwardly-written character studies, so beloved of many ...more
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
She writes about the inner lives of children with such wonderful lucidity. A very sad book.
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Dated and a bit dull.
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Richmal Crompton Lamburn was initially trained as a schoolmistress but later became a popular English writer, best known for her Just William series of books, humorous short stories, and to a lesser extent adult fiction books.

Crompton's fiction centres around family and social life, dwelling on the constraints that they place on individuals while also nurturing them. This is best seen in her depic
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