Excerpt from Lucia in London: A Novel
Georgie, come to the fence a minute, said Mrs. Quantock. I want to speak to you.
Georgie, longing for a little gossip, let go of the handle of his roller, which, suddenly released, gave a loud squeak and rapped him smartly on the elbow.
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Lucia in London is E.F. Benson's second acclaimed Lucia novel. After her husband's Auntie Amy dies and leaves her London home to Lucia and her sweet but dull husband, Peppino, the Queen of English provincial society attempts to conquer London. Using her best social climbing instincts, nerves of steel, and an absolute inability to be embarrassed, Lucia dresses up "tightum" and prepares to mingle with the beau monde. She skillfully manages to get into London's fanciest parties without being invited, and somehow coaxes the most distinguished and wealthiest guests to come to tea. A secret society of "Luciaphiles" springs up in London, among society members who never tire of watching Lucia get into, and out of, all kinds of trouble. Both a sharply observed social commentary and a masterful comic novel, Lucia in London is a thoroughly enjoyable work from one of England's most gifted satirical authors.About the Author:
E. F. Benson was an English novelist, biographer, memoirist, archaeologist and short story writer.
Judith Kerr was born in Berlin, the daughter of a distinguished German writer. She left Germany with her family in 1933 to escape from the Nazis and they arrived in England in 1936, having spent the intervening years in Switzerland and France. She was married to the writer Nigel Kneale.Their daughter Tacy is an artist, and their son Matthew is an acclaimed novelist.
In 2012, Judith was awarded an OBE for her services to children s literature and Holocaust education
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Book Description Harpercollins, 1987. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060913738
Book Description Harpercollins, 1987. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060913738