Monica Dickens's first book, published in 1940, could easily have been called Mariana - an Englishwoman. For that is what it is: the story of a young English girl's growth towards maturity in the 1930s. We see Mary at school in Kensington and on holiday in Somerset; her attempt at drama school; her year in Paris learning dressmaking and getting engaged to the wrong man; her time as a secretary and companion; and her romance with Sam. We chose this book because we wanted to publish a novel like Dusty Answer, I Capture the Castle or The Pursuit of Love, about a girl encountering life and love, which is also funny, readable and perceptive; it is a 'hot-water bottle' novel, one to curl up with on the sofa on a wet Sunday afternoon. But it is more than this. As Harriet Lane remarks in her Preface: 'It is Mariana's artlessness, its enthusiasm, its attention to tiny, telling domestic detail that makes it so appealing to modern readers.'
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Monica Dickens was born in London in 1915. Her father was Henry Charles Dickens, the eighth son of Charles Dickens. She was an active humanitarian and is the author of numerous novels and children's books. Now a freelance journalist, Harriet Lane worked as a reporter and columnist for the London Observer.
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Book Description Persephone Books Ltd, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0953478017
Book Description Persephone Books Ltd, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0953478017
Book Description Persephone London, 1999. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. 1st Edition.. A wonderful new edition of this charming novel, and typical of this brilliant publisher. Each book in their list is exquisitely produced, and most of them offer the reader a new chance to discover an often unjustly neglected writer. This one is a sheer delight, and is offered here in a new copy of the first edition thus. First published in 1940, this edition comes with a fascinating and unique preface by Harriet Lane. Language: eng Language: eng 0.0 Language: eng 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1329895353