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Wild Strawberries - 1934

This page provides links and comments about each book, a brief reminder of which is which. Our list provides the original date of publication and publisher, for those readers who are collecting First Editions. Books in alphabetical order and chronological order are provided in a shopping list, designed to be printed. This list was suggested by a member to take along in a purse or pocket, marked with books on your "to-buy" list.

The links in the books below are to the delightful "Companions", the creation of a Web work by Thomas Barton from Johnny Pate's original dictionary. To help you keep the characters straight, this is not to be missed! The Companions provide the characters and details of each book, along with a list of other books in which these characters appear. Only the Barsetshire books have companions. They are designed to be printed to keep along with the book, or for quick reference on the Internet.


Book Name

Year

Publisher Story Line

Three Houses

1931

Oxford University Press

The story of Angela Thirkell's childhood homes and memories.

Ankle Deep

1933

Hamish Hamilton

Fanny Turner turns her attention to finding a bride for her husband's friend, Valentine Ensor.

High Rising

1933

Hamish Hamilton

The introduction of Barsetshire, Mrs. Morland, and her publisher.

Wild Strawberries

1934

Hamish Hamilton

At Rushwater House, Lady Emily Leslie and her family are entertaining an assortment of houseguests, including some French monarchists.

Trooper to the Southern Cross

1934

Faber & Faber

Published in the US by A Common Reader as a Common Reader Edition. Her trip to Australia aboard a troop ship, originally written under a pseudonym, Leslie Parker.

The Demon in the House

1934

Hamish Hamilton

This book devoted to the adventures of Tony Morland as a 12 year-old. .

O These Men, These Men!

1935

Hamish Hamilton

Assumed to be autobiographical, this non-Barsetshire novel chronicles the end of an unhappy marriage and a new beginning.

The Grateful Sparrow

1935

Hamish Hamilton

Not easy to find. Out of print. Her only children's book. Non-Barsetshire.

The Fortunes of Harriette

1936

Hamish Hamilton

Published in the US by the Common Readeras a Common Reader Edition under the title "Tribute for Harriette: The Surprising Career of Harriette Wilson." The biography of a Regency Courtesan.

August Folly

1936

Hamish Hamilton

Mrs. Palmer stages a Greek play, the actors fall in love, and general misunderstandings and family adventures occur in Worsted (just down the road from Winter Overcotes).

Coronation Summer

1937

Oxford University Press

A fictionalized account set in the summer when Queen Victoria was crowned (with pictures).

Summer Half

1937

Hamish Hamilton

Barsetshire sets the stage for lovely Rose Birkett and her engagements.

Pomfret Towers

1938

Hamish Hamilton

The Pomfrets and their heir, Gillie Foster, are the centerpiece of this Barsetshire story.

The Brandons

1939

Hamish Hamilton

Mrs. Brandon and her children deal with the illness and death of her deceased husband's wealthy aunt.

Before Lunch

1939

Hamish Hamilton

The Middletons and Stoners combine with Lord Pomfret to stop construction on Pooker's Piece, and, of course, people fall in love.

Cheerfulness Breaks In

1940

Hamish Hamilton

The Barsetshire families in the early days of WWII, and Lydia Merton and others watch the departure of loved ones to the front.

Northbridge Rectory

1941

Hamish Hamilton

The rector's wife in Northbridge must deal with the realities of grocery shopping during WWII, and a variety of soldiers who are quartered there.

Marling Hall

1942

Hamish Hamilton

Lettice, a young widow with children, returns to her parents' home in Barsetshire.

Growing Up

1943

Hamish Hamilton

The war brings much uncertainty to the Warings.

The Headmistress

1944

Hamish Hamilton

Angela Thirkell's most acclaimed novel, the story of a strong woman in wartime.

Miss Bunting

1945

Hamish Hamilton

The old and new mingle when Anne Fielding and the daughter of Sam Adams renew old acquaintances.

Peace Breaks Out

1946

Hamish Hamilton

Barsetshire deals with the return of the troops and England after the war.

Private Enterprise

1947

Hamish Hamilton

A widow and her sister-in-law settle in Barsetshire, as family threads intertwine, and the Brandons are showcased.

Love Among the Ruins

1948

Hamish Hamilton

Sam Adams and the Beltons provide some contrasts in the Barsetshire series.

Old Bank House

1949

Hamish Hamilton

Sam Adams settles permanently in Barsetshire and the house and the county see a way of life that is changing.

County Chronicle

1950

Hamish Hamilton

More eventual engagements and entanglements in Barsetshire.

The Duke's Daughter

1951

Hamish Hamilton

Angela Thirkell works very hard to marry off the grown-up Barsetshire children who are still unattached.

Happy Returns

1952

Hamish Hamilton

Swan, Lord Lufton, and Grace Grantly are all growing up.

Jutland Cottage

1953

Hamish Hamilton

Margot Phelps, the Admiral's daughter, is taken in hand by the ladies of Barsetshire, with astonishing results .

What Did it Mean?

1954

Hamish Hamilton

Mrs. Brandon, Bishop Joram, and other Barsetshire families and their improved fortunes are presented. We follow Miss Pemberton and Mr. Downing's academic efforts.

Enter Sir Robert

1955

Hamish Hamilton

Lady Graham and her daughter provide the background for this book.

Never Too Late

1956

Hamish Hamilton

Could there be a late blooming romance between Lord Crosse and Mrs. Morland?

A Double Affair

1957

Hamish Hamilton

Miss Merriman takes the center stage and other romances blossom.

Close Quarters

1958

Hamish Hamilton

Tubby Fewling is the parson in this later Barsetshire novel.

Love at all Ages

1959

Hamish Hamilton

Most of the ingenues have been married off, but the remaining ones are paired up to remain in Barsetshire.

Three Score and Ten

1961

Hamish Hamilton

Completed by C.A. Lejeune after AT's death.

PRIVATELY PUBLISHED

Baby, Mother, and Grandmother

1982

Lance Thirkell Lance Thirkell, deeply upset about criticism of his mother, published these letters written by Angela Thirkell to her mother (his grandmother). They show her kindness as a mother.

Letters to Margaret Bird

1950-1960

Angela Thirkell Society Angela Thirkell corresponded frequently with her secretary who typed her manuscripts over many years--not in book form; published in the Angela Thirkell Journal in installments.

Mrs. Morland & Son

1960

Angela Thirkell Society A book of four Angela Thirkell short stories.


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