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The established order of an English country house in the autumn of 1913, before the Deluge.
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Society, love, property, and life, as England struggles with Reform and a great-hearted woman struggles to be significant.
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Quick-reading epistolary novel about the German occupation of Guernsey in World War II.
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My favorite Dickens: a perfectly constructed spiderweb of relationships, told in two voices: 1st-person female (his only such, IIRC), and 3rd-person sarcastic.
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Crocheted Flu Virus, by Anita Bruce.
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Jane Austen’s funniest novel, a satire of Gothic romances, the people who read them — and the people who think they’re too good to read them.
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The best depiction of the grinding psychology of poverty I know of. Still extremely timely.
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A Memorable History of England, comprising all the parts you can remember, including 103 Good Things, 5 Bad Kings and 2 Genuine Dates. 75th anniversary edition, with new copyright-enhanced illustrations by Steven Appleby.
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Stone makes the diaries of Pepys and Boswell the centerpieces of this study. He shows how the emotional tenor and expectations of different generations of Englishpeople swung back and forth, so you can’t talk about a consistent “national character” or directional “evolution” of society.
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It starts as a more realistic take on The Borrowers, but grows both height and depth (as Pratchett will).
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