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The Front Door 1940 Mary Elwell ©Bradford Art Galleries
Miss Buncle Married
The sequel to Miss Buncle’s Book, Persephone Book No. 81, Miss Buncle Married (1936) is ‘dedicated to those who liked Miss Buncle and asked for more.’ Barbara Buncle is now the wife of her publisher Arthur Abbott. Having fled Silverstream because of the events described in Miss Buncle’s Book, the Abbotts move to ‘Wandlebury’, an hour from London.They are very happy there in a beautiful Georgian house and are at once welcomed by their
A 1936 Liberty’s printed cotton crepe dress fabric © V & A
 neighbours; early on Arthur thinks: ‘But I really hope, in a way, that [Barbara] won’t want to write...because this place is delightful – simply charming – and if she starts writing about our neighbours, we shall most probably have to leave Wandle- bury – just as she had to leave Silverstream – in a hurry.’‘It is the truthful depiction of people, and the exposure of their faults, that makes Barbara’s writing dangerous’ (Afterword). But although DES (as she is known to her legions of fans) can be sharp and caustic, she is also witty and immensely readable.
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400pp PERSEPHONE BOOKS ISBN 9781903155813

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