Open this book and you step onto a magic place...Maria is an orphan living in a vast, dilapidated mansion with no one but a kindly cook, a distracted professor and a spiteful governess for company. That is, until she discovers the Lilliputians - each no more than 6 inches high - who are descendants of those described in Gulliver's Travels. Determined to keep their whereabouts hidden from the human world, the tiny people are at first reluctant to accept Maria as their friend. But when they are accidentally discovered by her interfering governess and the scheming vicar, they must join forces to save themselves from a terrible fate. With an introduction by Anne Fine.
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Terence Hanbury White (1906-1964) is best known for his famous retelling of the ARthurian legends in The Once and Future King. He was educated at Cheltenham College and Cambridge. He later became a teacher and was appointed Head of Stowe school. The school grounds were to inspire the setting for Mistress Masham's Repose which he wrote in 1947.Review:
"Contemporary children...will find wit and enchantment in 'Mistress Masham's Repose,' a paperback reprint of the 1946 novel by White...it's a charming excursion from the fellow who penned the Arthurian tale, 'The Once and Future King.’" —Meghan Cox Gurdon, The Wall Street Journal
“A masterpiece of narration, literary ingenuity, humor and satire.” —Commonweal
“I can think of few greater pleasures in reading aloud to a bookish child than to read that child first Gulliver’s Travels and then Mistress Masham right after.... It is a stunning book for a child to know.” —Noel Perrin
"It is literate, graceful and malicious...altogether a really charming contrivance."
— Diana Trilling
"Readers of earlier books by T.H. White (The Sword in the Stone, Witch in the Wood, The Ill-made Knight) can expect the able recreation of period decor, the faculty of transmuting accepted literature into new life, elements of very human humor."
— Kirkus Reviews
"The action is shot through with humor, and the Lilliputians, with their eighteenth-century manner of speech and dress, are characters not soon forgotten."
— The Horn Book
"One of the finest, most magical and extraordinary children’s books ever written."
— Anne Fine, Children’s Laureate of Britain
“This is an exquisite filigree...As its Lilliputians would say, it is a Work to be held in high Esteam by all true Persons of Quality.” —Basil Davenport
“There is, in fact, nothing which can be said about the book except to praise it without limit.” —Thomas Sugrue
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Book Description Lions, 1987. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0006724825