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Alice
Alice | Elizabeth Eliot
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But the servants! Anything might happen to them. They might go in a train to Woolwich and meet the love of their lives, or be murdered almost for the asking. Not that one wanted to be murdered exactly, but there was frustration in being denied the possibility. From an author The Queen called "a humorist of the first order" comes the deliciously dark tale of the strange and woeful young womanhood of Margaret, the narrator of Elizabeth Eliot's debut novel, and her friend Alice, from their final year at boarding-school in the late 1920s until just before World War II. The girls have adventures at school, are presented at court, and experience the vicissitudes of high society and their eccentric, increasingly impoverished families. Alice marries, unhappily, and involves Margaret in her hardships, until she suddenly decides--with fabulous success--to become an actress. And through it all the young women engage in loopy existential ponderings about their fates, gleefully detailing the radical instability of their world. Anxious characters marooned in a world without safe harbour--a tragic circumstance, but, in Eliot's hands, an absolutely hilarious one. Evoking by turn the morbid humour of Barbara Comyns and the high society sorrows of Rachel Ferguson, Alice is very much its own brilliant confection. Furrowed Middlebrow and Dean Street Press also publish three of Eliot's later novels--Henry, Mrs. Martell, and Cecil--all back in print for the first time in more than half a century. They all feature a new introduction by Elizabeth Crawford. "Miraculously good . . . delightful and wise and irreproachably understanding" The Bookman "This is surely the most impressive first novel of the year. Elizabeth Eliot is a writer to watch" The Queen "A first novel of singular originality . . . so endearing in spirit that it is hard not to feel for it a kind of personal affection" Daily Telegraph "I can pay her no higher compliment than to say that the nearest thing to it I know in literature are the deliciously malicious books of Elizabeth and Her German Garden." The Sphere "An enticing book" Tatler "Miss Eliot is a superb portrait painter" The Spectator
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LeahBergen
Alice | Elizabeth Eliot
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#TopSixReads of 2019 (so far, anyway... and I could probably pick six different ones tomorrow 😆).

Thanks for the tags, @Cinfhen and @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled ! 😘😘

sblbooks The Quest for Queen Mary sounded interesting, so I stacked it. 3mo
vivastory I know mine changed the day after 😂 3mo
Ruthiella I love Dorothy Whipple!😍 3mo
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BarbaraBB The Whipple is a favorite? Good to know! 3mo
Cinfhen You‘re too smart for me 😂😂😜😘 (edited) 3mo
Cathythoughts I see I have Alice stacked already ... must investigate your others ♥️👍🏻 3mo
ValerieAndBooks Great list! I especially want to read the Queen Mary one! 3mo
LeahBergen @sblbooks It‘s fascinating (especially if you‘re a royalty/aristocracy buff)! 3mo
LeahBergen @vivastory I can never pick favourite books. I might be able to work with a top 50 list. 😆😆 3mo
LeahBergen @Ruthiella I do, too! 3mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB It was actually quite the page-turner for me. Have you read Whipple before? 3mo
LeahBergen @Cinfhen 😆😆 Hardly!!! 3mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Alice is quite weird but strangely captivating. 😄 3mo
LeahBergen @ValerieAndBooks It‘s gossipy and good! 👍🏻 3mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Im going to look into these!! 3mo
Eyelit I loved Someone at a Distance! One of my fave #persephonebooks 💜 3mo
BarbaraBB Nope but I bought this one recently, probably because of you! 3mo
Reviewsbylola I loved Someone at a Distance!! 3mo
emilyhaldi What a mix!😍 3mo
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Aimeesue
Alice | Elizabeth Eliot
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"The Principal, Miss Hartley-Jones, said that she would be very pleased to have me as a pupil, and that she was sure I would be very happy with them. She mentioned that of course all her pupils were gentlewomen. I was beginning to wonder where really common people learned to type. Maybe they just picked it up for themselves." Hahahaha!

Thanks, @LeahBergen for sharing this book - I'm really enjoying it.
@jillrhudy You'd like this. SO Mitfordish!

LeahBergen This bit made me laugh! Isn‘t Margaret appealingly dim? 😆 7mo
jillrhudy Downloaded and at the ready! 6mo
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LeahBergen
Alice | Elizabeth Eliot
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A Sunday afternoon spent reading another oldie which is, happily, turning out to be darkly comic and unputdownable.

This 1949 novel has recently been republished in the Furrowed Middlebrow series by #DeanStreetPress. 👏🏻👏🏻

Melissa_J I‘m just over here admiring your teacup 😊 7mo
shawnmooney Oooh, off to check the book and its publisher out!😘 7mo
saresmoore What Shawn said! 7mo
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ShyBookOwl Love the cover art 7mo
rubyslippersreads I just bought this ebook, but yours is so much prettier. 😍 7mo
Tonton Furrowed Middlebrow !😎 7mo
batsy Lovely cover! And "darkly comic and unputdownable" is music to my ears ? 7mo
Cathythoughts I‘m stacking too ♥️👍🏻 7mo
Aimeesue After seeing this post yesterday, I looked to see if there was an ebook. There is! I'd rather have a hard copy, but alas, there's so little room on my shelves. The ebook is $3.99 in the US. 7mo
LeahBergen @Melissa_J It‘s one of my newest and in heavy rotation at the moment. 😆 7mo
LeahBergen @shawnmooney I think you‘d like some of the Furrowed Middlebrow books. 👍🏻 7mo
LeahBergen @saresmoore And I think you‘d like them, too! 😘 7mo
LeahBergen @ShyBookOwl It‘s lovely, isn‘t it? 😊 7mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads @Aimeesue I really like that they offer their ebooks for a good deal when they republish these forgotten books. 👍🏻 7mo
LeahBergen @Tonton I love them (and Furrowed Middlebrow blog, too 👍🏻). 7mo
LeahBergen @batsy @Cathythoughts It‘s a strangely appealing little book (so far!) 7mo
Aimeesue "The Principal, Miss Hartley-Jones, said that she would be very pleased to have me as a pupil, and that she was sure I would be very happy with them. She mentioned that of course all her pupils were gentlewomen. I was beginning to wonder where really common people learned to type. Maybe they just picked it up for themselves." Hahahahahaha! This book is very Mitfordish. I'm enjoying it! (edited) 7mo
LeahBergen @Aimeesue It‘s a quirky one, isn‘t it? 😆 Look closely at this photo of my cover when you get to the description of Alice‘s favourite painting. It‘s almost exactly what‘s described! 7mo
Aimeesue @LeahBergen It‘s EXACTLY the painting! 6mo
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