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Miss Buncle's Book (original 1934; edition 2008)

by D.E. Stevenson

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Title:Miss Buncle's Book
Authors:D.E. Stevenson
Info:Persephone Books Ltd (2008), Paperback, 344 pages
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Rating:*****
Tags:Fiction 20th Century, D.E. Stevenson, Persephone, Humor

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Miss Buncle's Book by D.E. Stevenson (1934)

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This book could hardly be more charming. Miss Buncle is a bit of a spinster who, in a bout of financial despair, pens a little roman à clef set in her village and sends it off to a publisher under a nom de plume. The publisher is quite taken with it, and the book becomes a bestseller. All the characters closely resemble their real-world counterparts -- so closely, in fact, that they recognize themselves in the book (and some of the portraits are a little too accurate for the villagers' taste). And so the outraged villagers take it upon themselves to discover the identity of the author -- it must be one of them! The plotting and finger-pointing is delightfully serious and humorous at the same time. ( )
  BraveNewBks | Mar 10, 2016 |
A gently satirical look at English village life in the 1930s. Somewhat of a cross between Angela Thirkell and Peyton Place, I loved Miss Buncle, Silverstream and all the characters in this charming book. ( )
  leslie.98 | Feb 23, 2016 |
Very enjoyable novel of characters in a small English town. ( )
  nospi | Feb 7, 2016 |
Funny read out loud book. Light reading that I'd recommend to anyone. ( )
  KathyGilbert | Jan 29, 2016 |
MISS BUNCLE’S BOOK by D E Stevenson
What a fun book! Miss Buncle is a spinster of a certain age in a small village in England during the 1930’s. When she discovers that the world wide depression has caused a serious depletion of her income she decides the only thing to do is write a book. As she admits, she knows nothing about writing a book so she simply describes her fellow village citizens. Miss Buncle, it turns out, has a devastating way of showing her neighbors in all their foibles and, since nothing much happens in the village, she applies a bit of magic and writes their futures as well. She has villagers marry, run away, confess, and expose their worst fears. A visiting grandchild and a publisher provide clear eyes.
Miss Buncle, fortunately, has used a non de plume. Mayhem ensues when the book is a bestseller and the village realizes THEY are the characters in the book. A humorous and gentle book that will delight and entrance.
4 of 5 stars ( )
  beckyhaase | Dec 29, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Stevenson, D.E.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stevenson, D. E.main authorall editionsconfirmed
Carey, EileenCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Templeton, AlineIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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One fine summer's morning the sun peeped over the hills and looked down on the valley of Silverstream.
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Who Knew One Book Could Cause So Much Chaos?

Barbara Bunde is in a bind. Times are harsh, and Barbara's bank account has seen better days. Maybe she could sell a novel ... if she knew any stories. Stumped for ideas, Barbara draws inspiration from her fellow residents of Silverstream, the little English village she knows inside and out. 

To her surprise, the novel is a smash. It's a good thing she wrote under a pseudonym, because the folks of Silverstream are in an uproar. But what really turns Miss Bunde's world around is this: what happens to the characters in her book starts happening to their real-life counterparts. Does life really imitate art? 
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HERBERT JENKINS EDITION:
The scene of this entertaining story is laid in a charming English village. The plot centres around Miss Buncle, a maiden lady who was obliged to write a book because - as she naively explained - her dividends were so poor.
Unfortunately, Miss Buncle had no imagination, so she wrote about her friends - quite kindly and truthfully, of course, for she was a benevolent and veracious soul.
The reactions of her friends to Miss Buncle's book, however, were a little surprising, and the far-reaching and unexpected results of its publication caused quite a stir.
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Who Knew One Book Could Cause So Much Chaos? Barbara Bunde is in a bind. Times are harsh, and Barbara's bank account has seen better days. Maybe she could sell a novel ... if she knew any stories. Stumped for ideas, Barbara draws inspiration from her fellow residents of Silverstream, the little English village she knows inside and out. To her surprise, the novel is a smash. It's a good thing she wrote under a pseudonym, because the folks of Silverstream are in an uproar. But what really turns Miss Bunde's world around is this: what happens to the characters in her book starts happening to their real-life counterparts. Does life really imitate art? A beloved author who has sold more than seven million books, D. E. Stevenson is at her best with Miss Buncle's Book, crafting a highly original and charming tale about what happens when people see themselves through someone else's eyes. Love it, love it, love it There are no vampires, no faeries, no weird creatures, just a sweet story about real people living in a world I've always dreamed of.?Reader Review… (more)

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