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Miss Buncle's Book by [Stevenson, D.E.]
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Length: 305 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"Delightful, charming, warm, cosy – those are the type of words I would use to describe Miss Buncle's Book. " - She Reads Novels

" It is a sweet story that I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys light, cozy reads.

" - The Book Garden

"Recommended as a cosy, comfortable and old-fashioned read.

" - Good Reading Guide

"I smiled, I giggled, I laughed out loud, I tsk'd tsk'd at some of the characters' antics but most of all I loved the book! I can't wait to read another" - Pudgy Penguin Perusals

"People who enjoy the humor of The Help by Kathryn Stockett or those who enjoy a look at a small town community, such as that in the much older Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell, may also enjoy this book." - Rebecca Reads

" This vintage book, which was written in the 1930's, is an absolute charmer, like its main character. " - book addiction

"I highly recommend this for readers of sweet romances. But I also recommend it for those who would like a change of pace, are looking for something light and amusing, or find appealing the promise of a book that has the charm of vintage photographs and the comfort of a hug. " - Just Janga

"This was my first story by D.E. Stevenson and I wasn't disappointed. This story goes to show that real life can be mirrored from a story and become art. " - Luxury Reading

"Miss Buncle's Book is total escapism. Sometimes that's just what you're looking for.

" - Alex In Leeds

"Miss Buncle's Book is a light-hearted, very English cosy type of story with a lovely old-fashioned feel to it ..... just right for those times you need to take a break from serious reading or want only to put your feet up with a cup of tea and relax.
" - Tell Me a Story

"If you like "Miss Pettigrew" or gentle books about bygone times which were actually written in those times and which take their time to set up the action, then this might be for you. Watch as Barbara Buncle blossoms and finds within herself the strength that's always been there, just waiting for its chance. RECOMMENDED READ " - Dear Author

"If you want to read a cute/funny, charmingly delightful book, pick up Miss Buncle's Book and devote an afternoon to reading. You will finish this book in that afternoon!" - Book Lovers Paradise

"Thoroughly pleasant" - Shelf Love

"Pour your tea and settle in because, from the opening pages, you'll be drawn into this small village, set somewhere in England, sometime between the wars. You'll probably stay the night. You'll definitely want a sweater. Because this book is hard to put down-and, despite what Miss Buncle may say, it is truly, truly imaginative." - History Undressed

"If you like a cozy warm caricature of life, try this sweet, easy story!" - Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf

"If you own this one and haven't yet read it (Darlene I am looking at you), it is time to take it off the shelf and get to it. " - My Porch

"I read somewhere that this book was described as a "cosy" read and I think that is the perfect word to use for Miss Buncle's Book. It is a cosy fun lighthearted book where nothing happens and yet everything seems to change. " - Paperback Dolls

"Hopefully these new editions will open Stevenson's books to a whole new audience. They deserve it! " - A Lovely Shore Breeze

"I stayed up until 1 am reading this one because I couldn't stand to put it down, not because it was so gripping but because it was so irresistibly funny and I had to know what was going to become of all of them." - Glass of Fancy

About the Author

D.E. Stevenson (1892-1973) had an enormously successful writing career; between 1923 and 1970, four million copies of her books were sold in Britain and three million in the United States.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1415 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (September 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZI00BO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,316 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
Barbara Buncle does. She is a middle-aged spinster who lives in a small town in England during the 50's. She's struggling to make ends meet. She has kept a diary all her life, and she decides to put her diary into the form of a novel. All the events of the town are in her novel exactly as they happened; she just changes the names of the characters. After she has gone to all that work, she sends the book to a publisher on a whim. She never really thought the publisher who reads it would love it! He prints it, and it becomes a best seller! However, the entire village recognizes that someone in the town has written about them. They recognize all the people and events of the last thirty years. As you can imagine the "nice" people of the town just love the book, but all the "not-so-nice" are enraged to be pictured with such clarity. Everybody is trying to figure out who wrote the book. Barbara has always been a bit of a wall flower, so no one imagines for a moment that the authoress is Barbara Buncle. Poor Barbara now has money, but cannot show she has money because then everybody will know she wrote the book. If you have not read this, you simply must! It will make you laugh! It's good, clean, innocent fun! Miss Buncle Married is the second book, which is when she moves and begins to write about her new set of people. The third book in the Buncle series is The Two Mrs. Abbots.
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Format: Hardcover
I've loved this book for years and have ready it many times. If you like Jane Austen, Rosamunde Pilcher, Jan Karon, Miss Read, etc., you will like D.E. Stevenson.

Miss Buncle's book is the first of a series of 3 - Miss Buncle's Book, Miss Buncle Married - further adventures of the noted authoress, and the Two Mrs. Abbotts. Contrary to what a couple of reviewers have written, the book is set in PRE World War 2 England during the late 1920s /early 1930s. [It was first published in London in 1931]. Book 3 is set during WWII.

Miss Buncle's book is a book about a woman who wrote a book about a woman who wrote a book. As Miss Buncle admits to her publisher, she can only write about people she knows because she has no imagination. So, naturally she drew her characters from her fellow villagers. Of course, she never expected her book to be a runaway best seller, or any of her neighbors to read it.

What happens when the villager's attempt to discover the identify of "John Smith", and how Disturber of Peace impacts Barbara's life, makes for delightfull reading.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I don't know who to thank for bringing this back into publication, but I can thank Amazon from the bottom of my heart for making it available! Truth is, I was close to buying an old, tattered copy on ebay for $75 or more, just to own a copy of this book. And now I have my very own brand new, crisp, clean copy - all mine! Whenever I want! I read a copy years ago, and I've borrowed it from my local library several times over the years, but it was just never enough. This brilliant story of a woman who writes a book about the people in her town to make an income, which results in stirring up trouble from the town's inhabitants, is a delight from start to finish. Very easy to read, very light hearted and funny. And this edition is such a nice, sturdy softcover with a dust cover over it! I am so pleased, I just can't wait to delve into it! Couldn't be more pleased.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is very amusing but also a comfortable read...a comedy of manners set in post WW II England. There is also a sequel which I enjoyed almost as much. Looking for deep thought? Don't read this. Looking for a cosy companion? This is a good one!
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Format: Paperback
Miss Buncle is a pretty average, middle age woman living in an English country village. One day, she decides to write a novel about Silverstream, the village she lives in. The books is published, and instantly becomes a bestseller--with adverse effects in Silverstream, for its inhabitants are furious that someone has dared to write about--caricature--their lives.

This is an extremely funny book, poking fun at the provincialism of the average English country village in the 1930s. The characters are a howl: Mrs. Featherstone Hogg, who of all the inhabitants of the village is the most enraged; Mr. Hathaway the vicar; Mrs. Greensleeves, the widow who only chases after the vicar because she thinks he has money; Miss King and Miss Pretty; Colonel Weatherhead, the town's confirmed bachelor; and others, including Doctor Walker and his wife, and Sally Carter, who seem to be the only people not offended by Disturber of the Peace (sounds like the title of a mystery, but no matter). Miss Buncle's descriptions of her characters are somewhat cruel, but truthful nonetheless. This novel is hysterically funny as well--I had stitches in my side by the time I got to the description of the film that Mr. Abbott and Miss Buncle go to see.

It's claimed over and over again that Miss Buncle is a simple creature; but maybe she really does know what she's doing all along? I think she's a lot smarter than a lot of people, including Miss Buncle herself, give her credit for. As events unfold, and life imitates art, so to speak, it becomes clear that truth really is stranger than fiction.
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