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Happy Returns

(Barsetshire #21)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  121 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Angela Thirkell welcomes us back to the beloved precinct of Barsetshire in this novel set mid-century. Old friends and new faces join in the community conversation which ranges from Sir Cecil Waring’s plans for a home for boys of naval men killed in the war to the relocation of the Priory Preparatory School; from Charles Belton’s hesitant courtship and headlong marriage to ...more
Paperback, 323 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Moyer Bell (first published 1952)
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Feb 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Angela Thirkell....classic comfort read.
Susan in NC
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars, because even though I was overwhelmed by literary references, run-on sentences and the ever-increasing cast of characters I struggle to keep straight, there are plenty of witty, fun and touching passages with favorite characters to make this entry in the long series interesting.

Thirkell continues to pair off another generation of county residents as Churchill returns to office, routing the much-despised Them (Labour government), and the recently married young couples (married off in t
Aug 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Grace Grantly falls with perfect rightness into the arms of her destined husband. Charles and Clarissa finally resolve their engagement, all but kicking and screaming along the way. On the sidelines an especially nice young man is left to pick up his life where he left off when other hopes began to grow.

It was such a pleasure to get to know Eric Swan the adult. When we met him he was a student at Southbridge School, making subtle mischief. Knowing Thirkell, she will give him the story he deserve
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not really a central theme to this one. Charles Belton's courtship (or not) or Clarissa the brat, Lord Lufton's engagement to the right girl and his mother's coming-out of her doldrums, and a bit about all our other old friends.

I need to get a new copy of this book - the binding is broken and the pages towards the end are starting to fall out. Too bad - the rest is in great shape, but it was a used book (ex-library, I think.)
Oct 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Title is plural: Happy ReturnS.
My edition is 1952, Hamish Hamilton, London (1st)--includes jacket. It cost 12s. 6d. It is NOT the 1982 edition pictured, and has NO ISBN number.

"Returns" has a political meaning....they all love Mr. Churchill.

LOTS of literary allusions....and lots of interconnected people!
Jun 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Not one of Thirkell's best, but still kind of fun. Some of her favorite young characters try to sort out their jobs and relationships against the backdrop of Churchill's re-election in 1951. The biggest smile for me was a reference to the Great War as "The War to Guarantee Future Wars." Or words to that effect.
Cathy Houston
Aug 04, 2014 rated it liked it
it was an enjoyable look at Trollope's Barchester as seen by another author. This is part of a series so at first it was like watching a miniseries but starting from the middle. But i came to like the characters and care about what happened to them
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
More hatches and matches in Barsetshire, another enjoyable visit, post war.
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Not her best. Way too many skimmable/skippable passages (even pages!), and way too little happening. Still: I read it, and that says something--either about me or about Thirkell. Your choice.
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
My copy is first amer ed. 1952, and titled "Happy Return" no 's.'
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
loosely follows the book Framley Court by Anthony Trollope

Angela is pretty snarky in this book about the Labour government!
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love the romance; hate the politics.
Jan 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Leslie by: Joan Garland
Shelves: british, humor
Pleasant entry in the Barsetshire series, but not one of its best. It was fun to see Tony Moreland's friend Swan all grown up!
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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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