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Secret Lives (1932)

by E. F. Benson

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Very funny, top E. F. Benson. Imagine if Jane Austen went bitchy and turned her attention to the middle-aged. ( )
  annesadleir | Jun 17, 2011 |
Mrs Mantrip rules Durham Square. She owns the freeeholds on most of the residences and likes to rent her houses to the right type of person. The new tenant, with her cocked little finger, tasteless hats and shaky vocabulary, is a puzzle. Why does she play the gramophone so loudly, and how can she afford the magnificent French chef, stately butler and opulent decor?

Like the Lucia books, Secret Lives revolves around snobbery, gossip, and the nutty enthusiasms of the leisured class. I loved it. ( )
2 vote pamelad | Sep 13, 2010 |
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Mrs. Margaret Mantrip was undoubtedly the doyenne of the householders in the Square, if such establishments as the Swiss Convent and Norman's Hotel were regarded as being outside individual ownership.
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