Miss Buncle Married

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A Marriage and a Sudden Move to a New Town Won't Slow This Mischievous Writer Down!

Barbara Buncle: bestselling novelist, new wife...new neighbor?

In this charming follow-up to Miss Buncle's Book, the intrepid writer moves to a new town filled with fascinating folks...who don't even know they might become the subjects of her next bestselling book.

Miss Buncle may have settled down, but she has already discovered that married life can't do a thing to prevent her from getting into humorous mix-ups and hilarious hijinks.

A beloved author who has sold more than seven million books, D. E. Stevenson is at her best with the stories of Miss Buncle.

"Completely charming."

"And funny, in a way that's intelligent without being difficult and cozy without turning sticky-sweet."—Reader Review for the Miss Buncle books

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About the author

D.E. Stevenson (1892-1973) had an enormously successful writing career; between 1923 and 1970, four million copies of her books were sold in Britain and three million in the United States.

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Publisher
Sourcebooks, Inc.
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Published on
Nov 6, 2012
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9781402272530
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Classics
Fiction / Historical
Fiction / Humorous / General
Literary Collections / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
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«Barbara Buncle y sus vecinos derrochan encanto, y son los compañeros ideales incluso para el más lluvioso fin de semana.» The Scotsman

El libro de la señorita Buncle es como un Cranford de los años treinta: uno novela deliciosa, ligera, cómica y un poco malvada, un libro dentro de un libro sobre los secretos de un pueblecito inglés.

Una novela deliciosa, ligera, cómica, ingeniosa y un poco malvada, un libro dentro de un libro, de la mano de una autora totalmente inédita en España. Y un argumento sencillo pero de enredos: Barbara Buncle, una joven soltera que vive en un pequeño pueblo inglés, decide escribir una novela para aumentar sus ingresos. Como se considera una persona sin imaginación se dedica a contar la vida de sus vecinos bajo un nombre falso. El libro se publica y cuando comienza a circular por el pueblo los vecinos se ven reflejados y traman una venganza sobre quien ellos creen autor de la novela.

Dorothy Emily Stevenson (1892-1973), hija de un primo de Robert Louis Stevenson, escribió su primer libro, Peter West, en 1923, al que siguió Mrs. Tim of the Regiment (1932), en el que daba cuenta de sus experiencias como esposa de un militar. En 1934 publicó El libro de la señorita Buncle, que tuvo un inmenso éxito. A partir de entonces escribiría una novela al año, de las que vendería millones de ejemplares en Gran Bretaña y Estados Unidos; entre ellas se encuentran las dos continuaciones de El libro de la señorita Buncle (Miss Buncle Married en 1936 y The Two Mrs. Abbotts en 1943), An Empty World (1936), Music in the Hills (1950) y Gerald and Elizabeth (1969).

«Se hablaba con más libertad sabiendo que, a esas horas, había que estar en la cama y durmiendo.» D. E. Stevenson

Cerca de Wandlebury, el pueblo en torno al cual gira la saga de la señorita Buncle y Las cuatro Gracias, hay otro pueblecito, Ashbridge, donde la gente «tiene algo isabelino» y es «sencilla y valiente». En las afueras se alza Villa Vitoria, que un capitán mandó construir «después de luchar en la batalla de Vitoria y contribuir a la expulsión de José Bonaparte de España». Ahora esta romántica casa de campo es famosa por su jardín florido y por la hospitalidad y buen humor de su residente, Caroline Dering, viuda de un hombre a quien solo se recuerda por su antipatía y fatalismo, y madre de tres hijos. Corren los tiempos de la inmediata posguerra: las heridas de la Segunda Guerra Mundial aún no han cicatrizado, el racionamiento limita la vida e impone el ingenio o la resignación, y el pueblo sirve de refugio a seres atormentados por la reciente experiencia, como el señor Shepperton, que se instala en la posada del pueblo con un trágico y misterioso pasado a cuestas. El señor Shepperton hace buenas migas enseguida con la señora Dering ... pero ésta no cuenta con que la llegada de su hermana Harriet, célebre actriz de los escenarios londinenses, pueda complicar las cosas.

En Villa Vitoria (1949) volvemos a encontrar el gusto de D. E. Stevenson por la comedia campestre y por las «dificultades» de pequeños personajes que «se parecían mucho a las del ancho mundo, pero vistas desde el otro lado del telescopio».

Tenth May, 1934. At this moment I look up and see the Man Who Lives Next Door standing on his doorstep watching my antics, and disapproving (I feel sure) of my flowered silk dressing gown. Probably his own wife wears one of red flannel, and most certainly has never been seen leaning out of the window in it - The Awful Carrying On of Those Army People - he is thinking.

Vivacious, young Hester Christie tries to run her home like clockwork, as would befit the wife of British Army officer, Tim Christie. However hard Mrs Tim strives for seamless living amidst the other army wives, she is always moving flat-out to remember groceries, rule lively children, side-step village gossip and placate her husband with bacon, eggs, toast and marmalade. Left alone for months at a time whilst her husband is with his regiment, Mrs Tim resolves to keep a diary of events large and small in her family life. Once pen is set to paper no affairs of the head or heart are overlooked.

When a move to a new regiment in Scotland uproots the Christie family, Mrs Tim is hurled into a whole new drama of dilemmas; from settling in with a new set whilst her husband is away, to disentangling a dear friend from an unsuitable match. Against the wild landscape of surging rivers, sheer rocks and rolling mists, who should stride into Mrs Tim's life one day but the dashing Major Morley, hellbent on pursuit of our charming heroine. And Hester will soon find that life holds unexpected crossroads...

Mrs Tim of the Regiment is part of The Bloomsbury Group, a new library of books from the early twentieth-century chosen by readers for readers.
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