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THE COMPLETE MAPP & LUCIA by E.F. BENSON

In this week's blog, David Stuart Davies looks at English novelist E.F. Benson's ever-popular comic creations. Read it here

About the books: Lucia is one of the great comic characters in English literature. Outrageously pretentious, hypocritical and snobbish, Queen Lucia, ‘as by right divine’ rules over the toy kingdom of ‘Riseholme’ based on the Cotswold village of Broadway. Her long-suffering husband Pepino is ‘her prince-consort’, the outrageously camp Georgie is her ‘gentleman-in-waiting’, the village green is her ‘parliament’, and her subjects, such as Daisy Quantock, are hapless would-be ‘Bolsheviks’. 

Meanwhile in Tilling, clearly modelled on Benson’s home town of Rye, Miss Mapp consumed by ‘chronic rage and curiosity’ sits at her window, armed with her light-opera glasses keeping baleful watch on her neighbours. ‘Anger and the gravest suspicions about everybody had kept her young and on the boil’: and Benson  transmutes her boiling into a series of small humiliations in his witty, malicious comedy.

Published in two volumes. ISBNs: 9781840226737 and 9781840226744 R.R.P. £2.50

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