|Angela in 1914|
From the back of the book: 'With characteristic civility and sophistication, the author welcomes us into her fictional stretch of English countryside, a magical landscape spirited with good people going about the business of life, irresistibly entertaining in their determination to misunderstand each other. In this case, the charming round of infatuations, endearments, and delightfully comic cross-purposes is set spinning by Fanny Turner, whose favorite pastime is endeavoring to provide "a succession of possible brides" for her husband's former schoolfriend, the charming, if not especially eligible. Valentine Ensor. Fanny's exuberant, misguided attempts at matchmaking produce a dizzying tangle of romantic mishaps when holiday guests show up with an attractive and very married daughter in tow. Thirkell's stylish prose and generous, yet acutely observant comedy offers a feast of reading that is cultivated, nourishing, refreshing, and restorative.'
You can stop over at Pining for the West and read Katrina's review of the book for another viewpoint!
Thirkell comes from a line of famous people, Grandfather was pre- raphaelite painter Sir Edward Burne-Jones, brother Denis Mackail was a novelist ('Greenery Street' has been re-published by Persephone Books), first cousins with Rudyard Kipling and Stanley Baldwin-Prime Minister, and her god-father was J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan.
Here is a wonderful list of all of Thirkell's books designed to print off and carry with you for easy reference when shopping. And here is a nice page about her life.
I'm hoping I enjoy August Folly more and will want to read more of her.