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About the Author

Julia Strachey (1901-79) was born in India and lived with relations in England after her parents divorced. She worked as a model at Poiret, as a photographer, and as a publisher's reader. She was married to the sculptor Stephen Tomlin from 1927-34. In 1939 Julia met the art critic Lawrence Gowing, who was twenty-one; the two married after fifteen years. Frances Partridge (1900-2004) was the oldest surviving member of the Bloomsbury Group, having been married to one of its members and counting most of them as her friends. Julia Strachey was one of her oldest friends and she wrote "Julia" a biography. Partridge kept a diary all her life and several volumes have been published by Little Brown.
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Product Details

  • Series: Persephone Classics
  • Paperback: 119 pages
  • Publisher: Persephone Books (June 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906462070
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906462079
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #754,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Roger Brunyate TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
These two stories brought together in the Penguin Classics series (but also available in other editions) are related in setting and theme. One, published in 1932, is a mere novella; the other, from 1951, is a short novel. Together they reveal the work of a charming but minor British writer of the second quarter of the Twentieth Century. On the evidence of these works, Julia Strachey emerges as a comedian of sentiment; think Evelyn Waugh with the sensibility of Elizabeth Bowen. The main difference between the two books is the balance between comedy and feeling in each.

CHEERFUL WEATHER FOR THE WEDDING comes over as a brilliant comic set-piece in search of a novel to contain it. The setting is the large house in the South of England, staffed by a fair number of servants whom the owner, Mrs. Thatcham, is unable either to manage or to comprehend. Dolly, the oldest of the Thatcham children, is to be married in the afternoon, and a number of relatives and friends are gathering for the occasion. All of them are peculiar in one way or another, and most of the story proceeds in an almost surreal montage of comic dialogue. But the bride herself, Dolly, has cold feet and fortifies herself with surreptitious swigs of rum. Meanwhile a former suitor, Joseph Patten, wanders around trying to summon the courage to talk privately to Dolly, something he should have done ages ago. He gets his chance almost at the end of the story, but not in the way he expected. Suddenly, bits of back-story come tumbling confusedly out, but too late to affect the course of events. Joseph has missed his opportunity, but he is not the only one. For a brief moment, we sense the traction that the story might have had, if Strachey had only given these characters more depth.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Olivia on December 22, 2012
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Stumbled upon this gem because of the film adaptation with Felicity Jones. I always try to read the book before seeing the film so I hunted down a copy. It is surprisingly difficult to get ahold of this but it was worth it. An enjoyable fluffy story, fun to read on a rainy day or on the beach. The characters a whimsical treat. More character development should have been done, though.

If you can acquire a copy, do so. However, make sure you go in knowing that they're sparse characters and with that mindset, the novella is a real pleasure.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Topolino VINE VOICE on October 21, 2010
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I have been very excited to read any Persephone Classics book, they have published wonderful forgotten books, mostly by female authors. THis was the least interesting of the titles I have read. It is a very short story so I don't regret having sampled it, but its not that interesting or particularly well written. The story covers the few hours before Dolly's wedding. You have the silly mother, continually praising the weather, the bride is so nervous she polishes off a bottle of rum, the ex boyfriend who regrets having dumped Dolly shows up and finally Dolly spills a bottle of ink on her wedding dress just minutes before she has to walk down the aisle.
I fully understand this is just a feeling..but I just didn't really take to the story. It was told so quickly it was difficult to get a sense of any character or develop any feelings for them...or much interest in what was going on. This possibly was a story that resonated at the time..the whole English aristocracy life style...but it was just not that interesting. Its a short story, so if you decide to take the plunge you won't be wasting too much time if you ultimately feel as I did.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jessica G. on September 2, 2013
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I've watched the beautiful film adaptation many times in the last few months. It's a lovely movie but left me with questions. I had to read the book!

The book was enjoyable, but less magical than the movie.
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