Monday, May 23, 2016

Mailbox Monday: Mapp & Lucia

Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday! MM was created by Marcia, who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring event. Mailbox Monday has now returned to its permanent home where you can link to your MM post.

I am giddy about the books that came into my house last week: The Complete Mapp and Lucia, in two volumes, by E.F. Benson.

Until a friend raved about their camp humor and vintage charm, I'd never heard of these six novels. Written between 1920 and 1939, they record the battles between Elisabeth Mapp and her rival Lucia in the fictional English village of Tilling. There have been a couple of British television adaptations, but I haven't seen them.

These omnibus editions contain all six novels: Queen Lucia (1920), Miss Mapp (1922), Lucia in London (1927), Mapp and Lucia (1931), Lucia's Progress (1935) (published in the U.S. as The Worshipful Lucia), and Trouble for Lucia (1939).


  1. I've never heard of these. Enjoy!

  2. I think I read one of them ages ago but cannot remember clearly. Thank you for this review.

  3. I have been meaning to read these books, and have one of them somewhere.

  4. I love this series! I have a couple more books left to finish the series before starting the Tom Holt continuation novels. I am a huge fan of the 80s BBC mini series. I'd love to see that remade.


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