3 thoughts on “Angela Thirkell’s The Headmistress

  1. So many of my blogging acquaintances read Thirkell and clearly love her and yet until I started blogging I had never heard of her. I’m fairly sure that I have a copy of one of her books somewhere in the house. I am going to have to dig it out and try for myself.


  2. To me, The Headmistress is Thirkell at her best. Not, as you say, her funniest or most observant but I feel this is one of the few books that is strong on all counts. And even if it weren’t I would love it for Mrs Belton alone. The Belton children might not be very sympathetic but their anxious, exhausted and loving (if never quite certain how to show that love) mother is.


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