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This is an auction for MAPP AND LUCIA by E F Benson.

This is a book which I read again every two or three years. Each time it seems funnier than the time before.
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"Mrs Emmeline Lucas (Lucia to her friends) is the recently-widowed newcomer to the village of Tilling, eager to wrest the reins of social supremacy from the incumbent Miss Elizabeth Mapp and to install herself as its benevolent dictator. In their polite acts of sabotage, as they ruthlessly jockey for the position of cultural arbiter, Mapp and Lucia tear up the conventions of drawing-room diplomacy and enter a protracted conflict. With a charming satirical bent, E.F Benson turns the pretensions and snobberies of English village life into a deliciously wicked comedy. Benson (1867-­1940) was the son of the Archbishop of Canterbury and a member of a distinguished and eccentric family. He is best remembered for his Lucia novels, written between 1920 and 1939.

"FIVE STARS!!! Lucia - Mrs Emmeline Lucas - rents a house for the summer from the formidable Miss Elizabeth Mapp of Tilling. Miss Mapp is clearly the leader of society in Tilling and revels in her role. Lucia eyes the situation, and the lines are drawn in the most charming but resolute way possible Lucia is the richer of the two and possibly more clever, but Miss Mapp has some powerful advantages of her own. She has pride of place, a town full of quaking allies, and perseverance. When these two square off, the fun begins and doesn't let up. This is a delightful read; a mood lifter of the first magnitude."

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Paperback 1984.

298 pages.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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