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The Young Visiters, Or, Mr Salteena's Plan
The Young Visiters, Or, Mr Salteena's Plan | Daisy Ashford
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The Young Visiters or Mr Salteena's Plan is a comic masterpiece that has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1919. A classic story of life and love in later Victorian England as seen from the nursery window, it was written in 1890 by nine-year-old Daisy Ashford. It all starts when Alfred Salteena, who is 'not quite the right side of the blanket', takes young Ethel Montacue to stay with his friend Bernard Clarke... Daisy Ashford has an exquisite eye for matchmaking and manners in English society, and her tale, with its hilarious observation and idiosyncratic spelling, is as irresistible today as it ever was. This edition of The Young Visiters is illustrated with drawings by Posy Simmonds which are as enchanting and witty as the story. The text has been transcribed from the original manuscript and includes J.M. Barrie's famous preface to the first edition. A BBC1 drama adapted from the novel, and starring Jim Broadbent as Mr Salteena, is to be broadcast in December 2003.
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Daisy Ashford was a nine-year-old who read too many overwrought Victorian love stories when she wrote this unintentionally hilarious novella in 1890. She rediscovered the manuscript as an adult and was encouraged to publish it (with idiosyncratic spelling intact) in 1919 and it was an immediate hit. JM Barrie (author of Peter Pan) wrote the introduction and it later became a successful play.

A definite pick! 😆

Moray_Reads I stumbled across this one on Goodreads the other day! 4y
rubyslippersreads I have this; just need to read it. 😄 4y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I have never heard of this! I‘m going to look for it. What an interesting story! 4y
Reviewsbylola This sounds sweet. 4y
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I haven't read the tagged book yet, but it's on my list for #litsyclassics. #shortestclassicyouread And Vanity Fair is a favorite #chunksteryouread. #maylovesclassics #litsyclassicshost #foliosociety #foliofreaks

LeahBergen I just found a copy of The Visiters a few weeks ago. It looks hilarious. 😆 5y
Melissa_J I love your edition of Vanity Fair. 5y
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen Doesn't it? 😄 5y
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rubyslippersreads @Melissa_J Thanks. I'll have to post some of the pictures one day. They're adorable. 5y
jillrhudy I saw an ancient copy of this book at the library the other day. 5y
batsy That edition of Vanity Fair 😍 5y
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Written by a 9-year-old in 1890, and that's pretty much all you need to know.

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"Young Visiters" (sic) was written by Daisy Ashford when she was 9 and is published with a foreword by J.M. Barrie. It is a very quick and funny read, full of spelling mistakes and available at Project Gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.org/files/21415/21415-h/21415-h.htm

LeahBergen I need to read this! 👍🏼 6y
zsuzsanna_reads It took me less than an hour, with various interruptions. 6y
zsuzsanna_reads They made this into a BBC drama in the early 2000s. There are some fun clips on YouTube but the whole thing appears unavailable ☹️ 6y
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