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

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Delicious and adorable read. :) ( )
  cybercarotte | Nov 23, 2016 |
A really delightful book, a pleasure to read, with some hilarious moments—be ready for many chuckles, so be sure you are alone when you read it! Incredibly, there is no sex, and no foul language; modern writers should look for some inspiration in books like this! I’m looking forward to the next book in this series of three: “Miss Buncle Married” and “The Two Mrs. Abbotts.” Incidentally, Dorothy Emily Stevenson was the cousin of famous writer Robert Louis Stevenson. ( )
  MrsRK | Nov 21, 2016 |
It’s the early 1930s (the book’s original publication date was 1934) in the small British town of Silverstream. Barbara Buncle is in a bad way financially and needs to make some money. After coming up with and then discarding several possible methods, she decides to write a book. It’s unfortunate she has no imagination, so she thinly disguises the real people of Silverstream and writes their stories.

When the book hits Silverstream, there are few people in town who are flattered by their portrayals. In fact, they’d like to string up (or at least horsewhip) John Smith, Miss Buncle’s pen-name. If only they knew who really wrote it. Miss Buncle doesn’t even make the list of suspects.

Miss Buncle’s book is a delightful romp – and I particularly liked that the author let the story flow by using simple language and vivid characters rather than flowery writing. I plan to buy and read every other novel by Ms. Stevenson. It’s that good. ( )
  NewsieQ | Oct 27, 2016 |
That was the charming and light read I was hoping for. The characters are vivid and the whole story is buzzing with life, laugther and wit. It's old fashioned but in a good and delightful way. ( )
  SilkeMaria | Oct 12, 2016 |
A lovely little book, so glad I stumbled across it. Heading for the second in the series. ( )
  rlsalvati | Jul 5, 2016 |
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Stevenson, D.E.primary 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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