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August Folly

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Narrated by: Jilly Bond
Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
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It's August in the Barsetshire village of Worsted, and Richard Tebben, just down from Oxford, is contemplating the gloomy prospect of a long summer in the parental home. But the numerous and impossibly glamorous Dean family - exquisite Rachel, her capable husband and six of their nine brilliant children - have come for the holidays, and their hostess, Mrs. Palmer, plans to rope everyone into performing in her disastrous annual play.

Surrounded by the irrepressible Deans, Richard and his sister, Margaret, cannot help but have their minds broadened, spirits raised and hearts smitten.

©2016 Angela Thirkell (P)2016 Hachette Audio UK

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  • GeraniumCat
  • 02-07-2017

Delicious

This is my favourite Angela Thirkell novel and Jilly Bond provides an excellent narration (I think my only quibble would be Mr Tebben's accent, which I see no reason for). It's a complete froth of a story - with everyone home for the summer and eating all the raspberries, Mrs Palmer decides that it's the perfect moment to stage a Greek drama in the family's concerted barn, and commandeers all the young people and half the village residents. Against this background people discover real and imagined loves, and Gunnar the cat behaves badly whenever he can. Delicious.

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  • Isabel Birney
  • 21-04-2020

Delightful, Silly, Snobbish and Very Funny

This is another very funny, very clever book. From its opening paragraph and aptly named Railway Stations and Halts we know we are in an unreal England - a fusion of Trollope's Barsetshire and Wodehouse's timeless England. Ostensibly set soon after WWII there are echoes of the comfortable lives of the aspiring middle-class in the Thirties. Mrs Tebben is a delight - a worthy successor to Jane Austen's Miss Bates - deliciously tiresome on the page with, ultimately, a quiet dignity and courage. Whenever I find myself saying "We could use up that little bit of chicken we liked so much and add it to some of that nice tinned mushroom soup that been sitting at the back of the larder and add the leftover rice to make a risotto..." I know that part of Mrs Tebben, the most irritating part, lives on in me. The other characters, equally flawed, are also delightfully silly. Women who love Wodehouse will love this book. Men? - I'm not certain they'll get the jokes.

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  • Christine
  • 09-12-2019

Subtle and fun

I love how subtle Angela Thirkell has been with her comments on gender inequality here. For example Mrs Thirrell is obviously the brains of the family with all her published textbooks, but is still expected to be a good housekeeper. Don’t be put off by this though, it isn’t at all aggressive feminist commentary. Much like Jane Austen it is first and foremost a great story with engaging characters. I‘M going to listen to more!