Christmas at High Rising

Christmas at High Rising Originally published in the s and s and never before collected these stories by the inimitable Angela Thirkell relate merry scenes of a trip to the pantomime escapades on ice a Christmas Da

  • Title: Christmas at High Rising
  • Author: Angela Thirkell
  • ISBN: 9780349004303
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Paperback
  • Originally published in the 1930s and 1940s and never before collected, these stories by the inimitable Angela Thirkell relate merry scenes of a trip to the pantomime, escapades on ice, a Christmas Day of gifts gone wrong, and an electrifying afternoon for Laura Morland and friends at Low Rising, not to mention the chatter of the arty set at a London private view CharmingOriginally published in the 1930s and 1940s and never before collected, these stories by the inimitable Angela Thirkell relate merry scenes of a trip to the pantomime, escapades on ice, a Christmas Day of gifts gone wrong, and an electrifying afternoon for Laura Morland and friends at Low Rising, not to mention the chatter of the arty set at a London private view Charming, irreverent and full of mischievous humour, they offer the utmost entertainment in any season of the year.

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    About “Angela Thirkell

    • Angela Thirkell

      Angela Margaret Mackail was born on January 30, 1890 at 27 Young Street, Kensington Square, London Her grandfather was Sir Edward Burne Jones the pre Raphaelite painter and partner in the design firm of Morris and Company for whom he designed many stained glass windows seven of which are in St Margaret s Church in Rottingdean, West Sussex Her grandmother was Georgiana Macdonald, one of a precocious family which included among others, Stanley Baldwin, the Prime Minister, and Rudyard Kipling Angela s brother, Denis Mackail, was also a prolific and successful novelist Angela s mother, Margaret Burne Jones, married John Mackail an administrator at the Ministry of Education and Professor of Poetry at Oxford University.Angela married James Campbell McInnes in 1911 James was a professional Baritone and performed at concert halls throughout the UK In 1912 their first son Graham was born and in 1914 a second son, Colin A daughter was born in 1917 at the same time her marriage was breaking up In November 1917 a divorce was granted and Angela and the children went to live with her parents in Pembroke Gardens in London The child, Mary, died the next year.Angela then met and married George Lancelot Thirkell in 1918 and in 1920 they traveled on a troop ship to George s hometown in Australia Their adventures on the Friedricksruh are recounted in her Trooper to the Southern Cross published in 1934 In 1921, in Melbourne Australia, her youngest son Lancelot George was born Angela left Australia in 1929 with 8 year old Lance and never returned Although living with her parents in London she badly needed to earn a living so she set forth on the difficult road of the professional writer Her first book, Three Houses, a memoir of her happy childhood was published in 1931 and was an immediate success The first of her novels set in Trollope s mythical county of Barsetshire was Demon in the House, followed by 28 others, one each year.Angela also wrote a book of children s stories entitled The Grateful Sparrow using Ludwig Richter s illustrations a biography of Harriette Wilson, The Fortunes of Harriette an historical novel, Coronation Summer, an account of the events in London during Queen Victoria s Coronation in 1838 and three semi autobiographical novels, Ankle Deep and Oh, These Men, These Men and Trooper to the Southern Cross When Angela died on the 29th of January 1961 she left unfinished the last of her books, Three Score and Ten which was completed by her friend, Caroline LeJeune Angela is buried in Rottingdean alongside her daughter Mary and her Burne Jones grandparents.

    346 thoughts on “Christmas at High Rising

    • I loved these short stories.Just right for the holiday season and so very funnyey had me laughing out loud!I just wish the book was longer as it ended all too soon.It's just made me want to read more of her wonderful books!

    • Having (ultimately) thoroughly enjoyed High Rising, and after assiduous research, I discovered that Christmas at High Rising contains seven short stories, two with a Christmas theme, and an essay about dinner parties in Shakespeare’s plays. The contents of Christmas at High Rising were originally published in magazines between 1928 and 1942. As the title suggests - and most significantly for me - some of the stories feature characters from High Rising including that loquacious and splendid you [...]

    • Excellent collection of 1930's Christmas stories, and it's strange reading this book and thinking about how much we take for granted today compared to that long-gone era.

    • This was a perfect little read for just before Christmas. Seven short stories – two having a Christmas theme, and an amusing essay about dinner parties in Shakespeare’s plays make up this lovely collection newly issued by Virago. All the pieces in this book were originally published in various journals and magazines between 1928 and 1942. The title – I imagine comes from the fact that five of these stories feature characters from the delicious novel High Rising – the first novel in Angel [...]

    • Increased to four stars - I first read this short story collection last year and was ticked off that only two stories were Christmas-themed, and a couple had nothing at all to do with the dear familiar characters of Thirkell’s Barsetshire series.I wanted to revisit the book, and was pleased (again) with the hilarious exploits of Tony Morland, “demon child” of famous author and single mother Laura Morland, two of my favorite characters, along with her friend and fellow author, the pretentio [...]

    • I've been enjoying Thirkell's books, as newly reprinted and with the gorgeous cover art by Mick Wiggins, and I decided to save this one for Christmas. I was therefore a bit disappointed to find, despite the title, cover and what I thought was strongly implied by the blurb, that there was only one Christmas-related story in this slim volume (unless you assume that pantomimes are only for Christmas, in which case there's two). A glance at the contents page will warn you that it's a possibility, wi [...]

    • I enjoyed the stories in this collection. This is the first book by Angela Thirkell and I will definitely read more of her books. I love her writing style and I love the characters in these stories. I admit, I was expecting more Christmas/Winter type stories, but the stories in here are all good. I didn't think that two of the stories featured in this collection fit, none of the characters from High Rising or Low Rising were in either of the two stories and one of them was about Shakespeare. Eve [...]

    • There is a Christmas story in this collection, but it has nothing to do with High Rising. In "Christmas at Mulberry Lodge" children Mary and William get unsuitable Christmas presents which don't last the day. William gets a clock, which he breaks, while Mary gets a wild animal, a hibernating dormouse, which dies when she wakes it up and lets it escape. The clock is later mended and they have a lovely funeral for the dormouse.Five stories are about High Rising and three of them are set in the win [...]

    • Seven short stories and an essay about dinner parties in Shakespeare’s plays make up this amusing selection of Angela Thirkell’s writing. Both my mother and grandmother loved reading this author and I have read some of her work many years ago. It is good to see that her work is starting to be available again in e-book format and may thus reach new audiences.These stories feature Tony Morland at various ages as well as his mother, Laura – a novelist, and the irascible biographer, George Kno [...]

    • A mostly wonderful selection of short stories - I enjoyed all except for one about Shakespeare which really didn't fit with the rest at all. Tony Morland is clearly Thirkell's best creation - his scenes and lines are incredibly hilarious and the stories about him and his mother Luara were my favourites. It's a shame Virago isn't reprinting the book that's apparently all about him (The Demon in the House). I thought the last story, about the trials of rationing - which I hadn't realised extended [...]

    • While it was a very nice clean wholesome collection of short stories I was slightly disappointed because I wrongly assumed, by the cover, that every short story would be Christmas related. You know what they say about assuming…With that being said it was still a good book and I would recommend it. There were two short stories within that I did not enjoy at all however. That is usually the case though with a book of short stories.3.75 stars.

    • I love Angela Thirkell and this collection is absolutely hysterical. Any story that involves the character Tony is bound to be hilarious. Only two of the stories are Christmas stories-- perfect for the holidays, short and very, very funny.

    • Only two or three of the 8 short stories are about Christmas. There was one more satirical essay on Shakespeare rather than a story which I skimmed and skipped over. Not in the mood for it, I think. But the last story was a poignant view into domestic life during World War II. How rationing affected normal life, and the culture of 1942 in Britain. Most of the stories feature recurring characters of Thirkell's High Rising and Low Rising stories. Tony, the little boy who brags too much, really get [...]

    • I do enjoy Angela Thirkell's writing, but I was disappointed in this collection of short stories and vignettes. I enjoyed those involving familiar characters from High and Low Rising, but struggled to stay focused on the others. The collection is called "Christmas at High Rising" yet only one story was set during Christmas and the skating story was set during February. All in all a quick read and one most Thirkell's fans will enjoy, but best if read following a few of the full length High Rising [...]

    • This is a collection of short stories but only two of the eight stories are actually about Christmas, despite the title and Christmassy cover. This was an incredibly inoffensive read about days gone by. It was relaxing in the way Wodehouse is, you know nothing terrible will transpire. I’ll lend this to my Mum now (if I lend a book to my Mum or not is generally a good test of a book’s enjoyment value and rudeness rating). I have never read anything else by Thirkell, so I don’t know how it c [...]

    • Short stories featuring the popular characters from Thirkell's Barsetshire series. Unlike other readers, I find that a little of young Tony goes a long way, but it is pleasant to meet other "old friends" at various stages of their development. The title is misleading, as the stories are not all holiday-themed.

    • It's always good to get a glimpse of Tony Morland, as well as his mother and the long-suffering George Knox, in these half-dozen stories I had not read before. Unfortunately, one story outside the Barchester canon includes some very offensive language about Italians, presumably standard in 1934 for some English people though very jarring today. Otherwise pleasant though hardly memorable.

    • A motley crew of stories. Angela Thirkell is marvelous when it comes to describing amusing and realistic children and I loved the tales involving the younger generation. However I couldn't quite get the point of some of the other stories. There was one involving an art gallery where I had absolutely no idea what was going on.

    • This is not really "Christmas at High Rising" ; it's "A collection of Thirkell's writing, some of which has to do with Christmas, and some of which maybe didn't need to be collected at all." But, in general, I wanted to read the collection and am glad I did!

    • This is a collection of 8 short stories, published in magazines at various times from 1928 to 1942. Fun to read something by Thirkell that I haven't already read! Any of them could have been lifted from one of her books - same style, characters, humor.

    • 3.5 starsAmusing collection of 7 stories and one essay, 5 of which involve the characters in High Rising. There are two Christmas stories, an entertaining essay on Shakespeare and dinner parties, and one war time story.

    • I am in love with clever women writing clever, funny stories about people's ordinary lives in the 20s, 30s and 40s at the moment. It's just a thing. And this is a beautiful example of it. I must find some of her novels to enjoy, and also stop my inner/writing voice from talking like Barbara Pym.

    • A nice collection of little stories, some with, some without Mrs Morland and her Barsetshire friends. The last one, set and written in wartime Britain (1942), was my favourite. As usual, not much happens, but Angela Thirkell's apt observations and dry wit are so worth it.

    • I didn't particularly enjoy these stories. They were rather random. My favorite, by far, was the last story, titled 'A Nice Day in Town'. It had some interesting tidbits about rationing during World War 2 in London and a nice ending.

    • Only a couple of Christmas stories in this collection, but still a worthwhile read. 90% of the stories involve characters from HIGH RISING, so be sure to read that one first. (It is set almost entirely during Christmas, btw!)

    • Not my favourite of the Thirkell's I've read in 2014, but this is a very enjoyable collection of short stories featuring characters that we've already come across - and some new ones - set in Thirkell's world. A nice Christmas treat.

    • Short stories, some with a few characters that are familiar from Thirkell's series. Those ones are particularly funny.

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