Thursday, December 5, 2019

Book Beginning: Before Lunch by Angela Thirkell



The owner of Laverings looked out of his bedroom window on a dewy June morning.

-- Before Lunch by Angela Thirkell. This country-house comedy was first published in 1939. It is part of a series, but the first one I've read. I keep seeing Angela Thirkell books on Instagram and wanted to read one at Christmas time because they looked charming and cozy.

From the publisher's description:
Jack Middleton likes to imagine himself a country squire. At weekends he retires to Laverings Estate with his wife, Catherine. He may be pompous, and they may seem ill-matched, but the couple are devoted to each other.

When Jack's widowed sister, Lilian, and her two stepchildren arrive to spend the summer in the neighbouring house, he dreads the intrusion to his idyll: Daphne, capable and ambitious, is too lively for his taste, whereas her brother Denis, a composer, he finds a crashing bore. But their wit and good sense charm the residents of Barchester, and they win over Lord Bond with an impromptu Gilbert and Sullivan evening. Even Jack begins to thaw.

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.


In the distance Mrs. Middleton could hear the stable clock chiming eleven from Staple Park and roused herself. There was shopping to be done in the village, the report of the District Nursing Association of which she was secretary to be finished, and a dozen small household odds and ends awaiting her.


  1. Sounds like a good read. I added you to the linky. Happy weekend!

  2. So good to have my blog functioning again and to be able to participate. Your book looks delightful.

  3. I like the quotes. Enjoy your current read!

  4. I've read one book by Angela Thirkell, High Rising which I really enjoyed. So, this book appeals to me. Happy reading!

  5. This sounds lovely, especially as we get closer to Christmas. I love rediscovering older novels through recommendations! So much was published that we have forgotten! Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a lovely weekend and do drop by my Friday Post if you have the time! Juli @ A Universe in Words

  6. I agree it does sound charming and cosy! Especially the P56. So much to do! :) Have a lovely day and enjoy your weekend!

  7. This sounds like a good one. Have a great weekend!

  8. sounds like she's gonna wake him up.:-)
    sherry @ fundinmental

  9. Angela Thirkell has been on my radar for a while, and these quotes do sound good. My #BookBeginnings might give you a smile, as it's in your bailiwick: "How to Become a Federal Criminal: An Illustrated Handbook for the Aspiring Offender".


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