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

by D.E. Stevenson

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Series: Miss Buncle (1)

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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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A charming comedy of manners set in a 1930s English village. Spinster-ish Barbara Buncle’s income is down to a trickle so it’s either keep hens or write a book. But what can she possibly write about since all she knows is the small town and her neighbors? It isn’t quite Peyton Place she comes up with but it throws the whole community into an uproar all the same. Except for one distressing scene a kidnapping I enjoyed this blend of humor and mild satire. ( )
  wandaly | Jul 13, 2019 |
Miss Buncle's Book is a charming, amusing and entertaining read. ( )
  tkcs | Feb 23, 2019 |
Miss Buncle's Book is an enjoyable little romp in the small English village of Silverstream in the 1930s, where everyone knows everyone and there are no secrets. Until, of course, they find themselves written (some very unflatteringly!) into a hit new novel by the pseudonymous John Smith. This mystery author has painted the denizens of Silverstream so accurately, he must be one of them. But who could it be?

No one suspects that the unprepossessing spinster Miss Barbara Buncle has turned to novel-writing as a way to eke out a living now that her dividends have dwindled to nothing. She does it quite innocently, using her neighbors as characters because she doesn't have the imagination to create her own (or so she thinks). But then her book takes on a life of its own—and life begins to imitate art, eerily so. And then she writes a sequel.

This is a delightful story. Not much happens, it's really just Miss Buncle writing and visiting her publisher and the machinations of the villagers to discover (and horse-whip, preferably) the book's author, but somehow it is extremely hard to put down. The characters are wonderfully drawn and quite funny. This is my second D.E. Stevenson book and I've already requested more of her titles from the library. The only thing better than discovering a new author is learning that she wrote a hefty number of novels for your delectation. Hurrah :) ( )
2 vote atimco | Jul 8, 2018 |
I found it hilarious. ( )
  TanyaRead | Apr 28, 2018 |
A lovely book. Miss Buncle finally finds a way to transform herself from timid mouse to a confident woman. ( )
  sraelling | Apr 11, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
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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It crossed his (the vicar's) mind that Vivian had been a little inconsiderate, and somewhat domineering. Was he taking unto himself a domineering wife?...Of course he was not yet Vivian's husband, she would be different when they were married.
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Who Knew One Book Could Cause So Much Chaos?

Barbara Buncle 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? 
[retrieved 1/22/2014 from Amazon.com]

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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