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Old 07-10-2011, 01:13 PM   #1
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Angela Thirkell - Ultimate Cozy's

EDIT: These books have been pulled from Amazon, and the publisher's web site is MIA. It may be that they didn't have the digital rights to the books, or there is a dispute. I'll be checking the Thirkell mailing list today to see what I can discover.

The first six of the Angela Thirkell Barsetshire novels have been released on Kindle by DigiReads. The indications are that they intend to continue with the full series. Price is $4.50 per book.

For those unfamiliar with Thirkell, these are cozies but not mysteries. Set in the fictional Barsetshire county in England, they are character driven and really quite comfy. Highly recommended for a quiet afternoon's read. No sex, no violence, and no cursing, just a very good read.

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1.) I haven't yet had a chance to check out the quality of the conversion, but will very soon.
EDIT: I've purchased and downloaded High Rising, and it appears quite clean. Bravo to Digireads.
2.) These books are a product of their times (first is from 1933), so don't expect modern attitudes.

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Old 07-10-2011, 02:06 PM   #2
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This is a marvelous series! Loosely based on/related to Trollope's Barset Chronicles. The cast of characters appear, disappear, and reappear. Thirkell herself often claimed that she lost track of her characters - there were so many - and that's why one would suddenly reappear.
The series follows the lives of several families living near one another in the early 20th century. Very British. Some quite funny (dry Brit humor). A laudable addition to the ebook library. I hope their conversion produced readable ebooks - I too will report on them.

If you like the Miss Read series, you'll love these!
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Old 07-10-2011, 03:58 PM   #4
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I own the entire series in pbook, acquired with some difficulty over the years. There goes the value of my collection, lol! Angela Thirkell wrote the same book over and over, but if you like that sort of thing, you'll eat them up.

The only caveat I have is that the books take on a sour note as time passes. The post-war books don't have the same cheer of the pre-war books. The whole series serves as a window onto a conservative's view of social change in England in the middle of the 20th century.
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I own the entire series in pbook, acquired with some difficulty over the years. There goes the value of my collection, lol! Angela Thirkell wrote the same book over and over, but if you like that sort of thing, you'll eat them up.

The only caveat I have is that the books take on a sour note as time passes. The post-war books don't have the same cheer of the pre-war books. The whole series serves as a window onto a conservative's view of social change in England in the middle of the 20th century.
Very true! The viewpoint if very upper-middle class conservative British society, for which the post-war years were an unpleasant reality.

I too had put together a pbook collection - Moyer Bell had a wonderful paperback series with splendid covers. Penguin issued some titles too.

A quick peek into the High Rising ebook - appears cleanly formatted (not a cheap scan of a paperback page) - but no maps or chapter divider art that was in the Moyer Bell editions.
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I own the entire series in pbook, acquired with some difficulty over the years. There goes the value of my collection, lol! Angela Thirkell wrote the same book over and over, but if you like that sort of thing, you'll eat them up.

The only caveat I have is that the books take on a sour note as time passes. The post-war books don't have the same cheer of the pre-war books. The whole series serves as a window onto a conservative's view of social change in England in the middle of the 20th century.
Agreed. We have all the DT books here, and it wasn't easy finding some of them! But like you, I find the post-war books less appealing.
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If short on time or money, The Demon in the House can be skipped - it's basically the same short story told over & over of a brat of a boy coming home on school holidays. Very repetitious - the weakest (IMHO) of all the Barsetshire titles.
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haven't read these for years but they are wonderful
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Sadly, there appears to be a problem with the availability of these books. They have been pulled from Amazon, and the publisher's web site is now just a landing page, with no content. I am smacking myself for only buying the first of them, and seriously wishing I had the rest. But very glad I have already liberated my copy of High Rising!
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Those look like my cup of tea.
Hopefully they will reappear.
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Sadly, there appears to be a problem with the availability of these books. They have been pulled from Amazon, and the publisher's web site is now just a landing page, with no content. I am smacking myself for only buying the first of them, and seriously wishing I had the rest. But very glad I have already liberated my copy of High Rising!
Well ... now the web site is totally gone. Not looking good at all.
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Reviving an old thread to inquire if anyone has any new information about her ebooks.

I love Trollop's writing and was thinking about these books, but it looks like they may still be unavailable.

Does anyone have any inside information about when they may again become available?


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Sadly, no Don. And the former site now goes to a literary agency with no apparent connection. Clearly they were selling something they didn't have the rights to. I still have the two I bought from Amazon, but obviously can't get any more.
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The USA publishers are Moyer Bell - who haven't yet had AFAIK any of their titles published in any ebook format. Given the recent lag/stoppage in their announced publication of the remaining Thirkell titles, as well as the promised re-issue of Barbara Pym's catalog, I fear the publisher may be in trouble.
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The USA publishers are Moyer Bell - who haven't yet had AFAIK any of their titles published in any ebook format. Given the recent lag/stoppage in their announced publication of the remaining Thirkell titles, as well as the promised re-issue of Barbara Pym's catalog, I fear the publisher may be in trouble.
A quick perusal of their website(?) is not encouraging, to say the least.
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