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Monica Dickens (1915–1992)

Author of Mariana

64+ Works 3,931 Members 67 Reviews 12 Favorited

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Series

Works by Monica Dickens

Mariana (1940) 641 copies, 25 reviews
One Pair of Hands (1939) 416 copies, 6 reviews
One Pair of Feet (1942) 233 copies, 2 reviews
The Winds of Heaven (1955) 207 copies, 7 reviews
My Turn to Make the Tea (1951) 199 copies, 2 reviews
The Happy Prisoner (1946) 118 copies, 2 reviews
The House at World's End (1970) 105 copies, 2 reviews
The Heart of London (1961) 103 copies
An Open Book (1978) 99 copies
The Angel in the Corner (1956) 99 copies, 1 review
Flowers on the Grass (1949) 98 copies, 1 review
Thursday Afternoons (1945) 96 copies, 2 reviews
The Great Fire (1970) 93 copies, 2 reviews
Kate and Emma (1964) 89 copies
Joy and Josephine (1948) 86 copies
Follyfoot (1971) 81 copies
Man Overboard (1958) 81 copies, 1 review
Cobbler's Dream (1963) 79 copies
The Fancy (1943) 75 copies
My Fair Lady (1500) 74 copies, 3 reviews
The Listeners (1970) 70 copies, 1 review
No More Meadows (1953) 69 copies
Summer at World's End (1971) 62 copies, 2 reviews
Spring Comes to World's End (1973) 60 copies
The Room Upstairs (1964) 59 copies
World's End in Winter (1972) 54 copies, 1 review
The Landlord's Daughter (1968) 39 copies
Dear Doctor Lily (1988) 38 copies, 2 reviews
Dora at Follyfoot (1972) 35 copies
One of the Family (1993) 29 copies
Is Anyone There? (1978) — Editor — 27 copies
Closed at Dusk (1990) 26 copies
The Messenger (1985) 25 copies, 1 review
The Horses of Follyfoot (1975) 25 copies
The Follyfoot Farm (1991) 23 copies
Last Year When I Was Young (1600) 22 copies
Chronicle of a Working Life (2004) 22 copies
Ballad of Favour (1985) 21 copies
The Haunting of Bellamy 4 (1986) 19 copies
Stranger at Follyfoot (1976) 18 copies
Enchantment (1989) 17 copies
Cry of a Seagull (1986) 15 copies
Talking of Horses (1973) 13 copies, 1 review
Scarred (1991) 13 copies
Yours Sincerely (1948) 6 copies
Follyfoot Farm (1973) 5 copies
The nightingales are singing 4 copies, 1 review
"Evening News" Collection (1991) 3 copies
Portobello Road 2 copies
The Great Escape (1974) 2 copies
Varsanjalan hevoset (1976) 1 copy
The Outsider 1 copy
Storm Ahead 1 copy

Associated Works

Emma (1815) — Introduction, some editions — 38,542 copies, 507 reviews
The Penguin Book of Horror Stories (1984) — Contributor — 145 copies, 2 reviews
A Diary without Dates (1918) — Introduction, some editions — 81 copies, 4 reviews
65 Great Tales of Horror (1981) — Contributor — 60 copies
The London of Charles Dickens (1970) — Foreword — 13 copies
The Bedside Lilliput (1950) — Contributor — 12 copies

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Dickens, Monica Enid
Birthdate
1915-05-10
Date of death
1992-12-25
Gender
female
Nationality
UK
Country (for map)
England, UK
Birthplace
London, England, UK
Place of death
Reading, Berkshire, England, UK
Places of residence
London, England, UK
Washington, D.C., USA
Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA
Hinxworth, Hertfordshire, USA
Berkshire, England, UK
Education
St Paul's Girls' School, London
Occupations
cook
nurse
journalist
columnist
writer
fitter (show all 7)
debutante
Relationships
Dickens, Charles (great-grandfather)
Dickens, Cedric (cousin)
Danby, Mary (niece)
Organizations
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Samaritans
Awards and honors
Member of the Order of the British Empire (1981)
Short biography
From the publisher: MONICA DICKENS, born in 1915, was brought up in London. Her mother's German origins and her Catholicism gave her the detached eye of an outsider; at St Paul's Girls' School she was under occupied and rebellious. After drama school she was a debutante before working as a cook. One Pair of Hands (1937), her first book, described life in the kitchens of Kensington. It was the first of a group of semi autobiographies of which Mariana (1940), technically a novel, was one. 'My aim is to entertain rather than instruct,' she wrote. 'I want readers to recognise life in my books.' In 1951 Monica Dickens married a US naval officer, Roy Stratton, moved to America and adopted two daughters. An extremely popular writer, she involved herself in, and wrote about, good causes such as the Samaritans. After her husband died she lived in a cottage in rural Berkshire, dying there in 1992.

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Story about a widow and her three daughters in Name that Book (June 2013)

Reviews

I have mixed feelings about this novel. The prose was beautiful, the characters were beautiful. I didn't quite understand why it's categorized primarily as a romance novel, it's more a bildungsroman, but the beginning and end of the novel make it seem like it wants to be a romance novel. You go into the story not knowing who Mary's husband is, which would have been a great setup for a "who-is-she-going-to-choose?" situation.

We spent way too long following Mary's romance with Denys, way too long with Pierre, and not enough time with Sam. It felt as though I didn't really know Sam enough to care about his character, I only knew I was supposed to care about him, even though I didn't. Overall, I think I would give this a 3.5/5 stars.… (more)
 
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tayswift1477 | 24 other reviews | May 15, 2024 |
Orphaned by the Great Plague just the year before, a boy manages to finally pull his life together in London in 1666. He has a job ferrying passengers and piloting other people's boats through the treacherous passage under the London Bridge. He has a caring friend and a new place to stay. But now he must face the possibility it might all go up in smoke.

A decent enough bit of juvenile historical fiction, but I never cared about the characters and the ending seemed abrupt and too pat.
 
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villemezbrown | 1 other review | Apr 16, 2024 |
In the early part of World War II, Mary hears on the news that her husband's ship has gone down, with some casualties. Her phone line is down, and she has no way of getting news of him till morning, so she goes to bed and finds safety in thinking about something else... anything else. She begins to relive memories of her entire life... her childhood with her mother and uncle Geoffrey who is an actor, her idyllic days at her grandparents' home in the country, her first crush, her foray into dramatic school, her sojourn in France where she is swept off her feet by Pierre, and finally the moment when the puzzle pieces fall into place and she meets her future husband.
I had a little trouble with this book at the beginning because there was too much description and not enough dialogue for me, but that improved. But then I wasn't sure how much I liked it because, until near the end, Mary felt rather distant as a character. Towards the end, though, I really did like it quite a bit. I suspect it's just a matter of personal taste for the narration style.
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Alishadt | 24 other reviews | Feb 25, 2023 |
I dont remember much about this book except that I liked it as a child.Might have to do something with the children (the maincharacters) deciding to live by themselves at an old farm after their parent(s) either dies or has to travel.
 
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Litrvixen | 1 other review | Jun 23, 2022 |

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Members
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Popularity
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Rating
4.0
Reviews
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ISBNs
292
Languages
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Favorited
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