Christmas at High Rising (Paperback)

A Virago Modern Classic

By Angela Thirkell

Virago, 9780349004303

Publication Date: September 16, 2014

List Price: 15.99*
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Description

Originally published in the 1930s and 1940s and never before collected, these stories by the incomparable Angela Thirkell relate merry scenes of a trip to the pantomime, escapades on ice, a Christmas Day gone awry, and an electrifying afternoon for Laura Morland and friends at Low Rising, not to mention the chatter of the arty set at a London private view. Charming, irreverent and full of mischievous humour, they offer the utmost entertainment in any season of the year.


About the Author

Angela Thirkell (1890-1961) was the eldest daughter of John William Mackail, a Scottish classical scholar and civil servant, and Margaret Burne-Jones. Her relatives included the pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones, Rudyard Kipling and Stanley Baldwin, and her grandfather was J. M. Barrie. She was educated in London and Paris, and began publishing articles and stories in the 1920s. In 1931 she brought out her first book, a memoir entitled Three Houses, and in 1933 her comic novel High Rising - set in the fictional county of Barsetshire, borrowed from Trollope - met with great success. She went on to write nearly thirty Barsetshire novels, as well as several further works of fiction and non-fiction. She was twice married and had four children.


Praise For Christmas at High Rising: A Virago Modern Classic

Charming, very funny indeed. Angela Thirkell is perhaps the most Pym-like of any twentieth-century author, after Pym herself—Alexander McCall Smith

Hours of laugh-out-loud entertainment for all ages—The Lady

To be so witty and charming yet also so brilliantly brusque and practical as Laura Morland is my new year's resolution—Pippa Wright, author of The Foster Husband

These stories are a seasonal delight ... they will provide hours of laugh-out-loud enjoyment for all ages—The Lady

Laugh-out-loud funny and filled with memorable and realistically flawed characters—Stylist