Miss Buncle's Book

Miss Buncle s Book Barbara Buncle is in a bind Times are harsh and Barbara s bank account has seen better days Stumped for ideas Barbara draws inspiration from fellow residents of her quaint English village writing a

  • Title: Miss Buncle's Book
  • Author: D.E. Stevenson
  • ISBN: 9780708908341
  • Page: 102
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Miss Buncle's Book

    Barbara Buncle is in a bind Times are harsh, and Barbara s bank account has seen better days Stumped for ideas, Barbara draws inspiration from fellow residents of her quaint English village, writing a revealing novel that features the townsfolk as characters The smashing bestseller is published under the pseudonym John Smith, which is a good thing because villagers recoBarbara Buncle is in a bind Times are harsh, and Barbara s bank account has seen better days Stumped for ideas, Barbara draws inspiration from fellow residents of her quaint English village, writing a revealing novel that features the townsfolk as characters The smashing bestseller is published under the pseudonym John Smith, which is a good thing because villagers recognize the truth But what really turns her world around is when events in real life start mimicking events in the book Funny, charming, and insightful, this novel reveals what happens when people see themselves through someone else s eyes.

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    1. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

      I've got some GR friends who are D.E. Stevenson fans, and finally, after reading this book, I feel like I really understand their love for her novels. Written in 1936 and set in about that same time, Miss Buncle's Book captures the charm of life in a small English town and the various characters who live there, with all their foibles. Miss Barbara Buncle, a single lady in her thirties, is having trouble making ends meet, since her investments aren't paying dividends like they once were. Casting [...]

    2. Miriam

      I loved Miss Buncle. I loved Miss Buncle's Book*. I loved Miss Buncle's book. I loved the book within Miss Buncle's book.Barbara Buncle is in serious need to some income to support herself and her elderly nurse. What's a genteel spinster to do when she has no skills and women don't get jobs? Write a book? Keep chickens? She hates chickens! A book it is, then.Having, by her own assessment, no imagination, Miss Buncle decides to simply record the daily life of her small town, changing her neighbor [...]

    3. Hana

      Miss Buncle's book within a book is pure delight. I found myself smiling at just about every turn of the page. If you enjoy cozy British village tales this will be just your cup of tea. But it's not too sweet--there is enough sharply observant social satire to keep the reader wide awake and enough plot twists so that I was loathe to stop reading even in the midst of a glorious holiday weekend.Miss Barbara Buncle's dividends have been cut and she is living in her village of Silverstream in a stat [...]

    4. Melindam

      Was on a BOOK-HIGH while reading. Carolyn, I cannot thank you enough for recommending me this. Without you I'd still be ignorant of the existence of this EXCELLENT BOOK. :)Delightful, funny, entertaining with great characterisation and hidden layers in an almost forgotten book from 1934 and with a fantastic audiobook narration. Reminded me of my beloved Jane Austen in more than one way and I cannot give a higher praise than that.More detailed review to come

    5. Lyuda

      Miss Barbara Buncle, unassuming frumpy-clothed spinster in her mid-to-late thirties, is in a bind- she needs money to support herself and her elderly nanny/turned motherly maid. There are just few respectable ways for an unmarried woman living in a small English village of Silverstream in the 1930s to earn income. Keeping hens? No, she didn’t like even touching them; they are such fluttery things, aren’t they? Paying guests? But there is already an establishment in Silverstream.Writing a boo [...]

    6. Leslie

      4.5★A gently satirical look at English village life in the 1930s. Somewhat of a cross between Angela Thirkell and Peyton Place, I loved Miss Buncle, Silverstream and all the characters in this charming book.

    7. Sherwood Smith

      One of my favorite comfort reads of all time. I hope someone will shift it to ebooks so it can be rediscovered.It's one of those quiet books that take place between the wars in England. Though Jane Austen's name gets wrongly invoked for a lot of fiction about village life, this time I think it's close, for there is a satiric edge to the story of a plain, seemingly boring spinster in a small village who has, without anyone knowing about it, written a book.To her immense surprise, it gets publishe [...]

    8. Eve

      I sit here deep in thought after finishing this little surprise-nougat filled-chocolate of a book. What Christopher Nolan did for Inception and Satoshi Kon for Paprika is here encapsulated in a cozy little read about life in a small English town during the 30s. Mr. Abbott, one of many secondary characters in the novel, sums it up pretty accurately:"Mr. Abbott had never before read a novel about a woman who wrote a novel about a woman who wrote a novel—it was like a recurring decimal, he though [...]

    9. Jenna

      I just love fun and campy British reads especially those from an earlier era. Barbara Buncle is in desperate need of some fast cash and decides to write a novel in hopes that the sales generate some extra dough. Being someone who isn't very imaginative or bright she relies on the lives of her neighbors as inspiration. Confused whether or not the book is satirical or just entertainingly honest, Mr. Abbott- Buncle's publisher, decides to publish her book. It becomes a sensation overnight with sale [...]

    10. Tweety

      4 1/2This was such a funny book within a book!Barbara Buncle is a quiet, unobtrusive spinster who lives in Silversteam. To all accounts she is a bit of a, shall we say… an imbecile. (this is the opinion of the villagers not the reader) She has awful grammar, frumpy clothes and a worn house. She needs money desperately. If she can't make some somewhere she will be in a terrible fix. Shy, good natured Barabra is in a quandary as to how to get this money, after all, what can she do? That's when B [...]

    11. Jacob Proffitt

      A recent comment on Sherwood Smith's review of this book brought it to my attention (via GoodReads' odd feed dynamic). With an accolade of "One of my favorite comfort reads of all time." you know I had to check it out. And what a gift that was!This book is complex and layered with three different levels playing out simultaneously. Which would be cool enough on its own, but it buries all of that under an entertaining style and pitch-perfect characterization that held me firmly in its grasp from b [...]

    12. Claire

      So wholesome, clever, and readable. Feels very modern even though it was written in 1936. I loved it and will have to read the next one in the series soon.

    13. Jeanette

      If I had a list for books that was labeled simply "charming," Miss Buncle's Book would certainly top the list. A thoroughly charming book from start to finish.Barbara Buncle's dividends are down and finances are getting tight. Realizing that she must do something to bring in more income she briefly considers keeping hens or taking in boarders but neither seem very appealing. After a comment from her maid, Miss Buncle decides to write a book. The only problem is that she is not a writer and does [...]

    14. Laura

      In the village of Silverstream, poor Barbara Buncle is in distress. Her ever-increasing economies simply cannot keep pace with her dwindling dividends. Should she try keeping chickens? No, they’re rather alarming. In desperation she decides to write a book, and, knowing little else besides the goings-on of her village, she writes a thinly veiled description of her friends and neighbors. Surprisingly, Miss Buncle’s book not only gets published, it becomes a best-seller. Critics are in violent [...]

    15. Niki Estes

      Absolutely delightful! I love D. E. Stevenson's writing and can't wait to read more of her books. Reading it was like finding a lost literary treasure to enjoy. I'm hoping more of her books will be reprinted. First published in 1934, it's a glimpse at a simpler life in the English countryside. Miss Buncle finds herself in need of money when things get tight. She decides to write a story, but feeling she has no imagination, the only thing she can think of to write about is the village she lives i [...]

    16. Carolyn Hill

      I must be in a 1930's frame of mind. Maybe it's the economy. I recently read the latest Maisie Dobbs mystery and just watched I Capture the Castle again. Anyway, I happened upon a review of this 1934 classic, was intrigued, and then found it at the library (amazingly they hadn't purged it). The only thing I can think to compare this to is Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, though the stories have little in common except a rather plain and impoverished but perceptive protagonist. Miss Buncle's Book [...]

    17. kris

      Barbara Buncle has written a book entitled Disturber of the Peace about the sleepy little village of Copperfield. It turns out to be a smash—until the sleepy little village of Silverstream recognizes its reflections in the text. DUN DUN DUN. 1. This is a perfect little froth of a book. It's light and well written; it's interesting and varied; it has optimism about the world around us. It was exactly what I needed and I'm so glad I read this. 2. (view spoiler)[I WAS SO INTO SALLY AND ERNEST alt [...]

    18. Leslie

      Miss Buncle's Book is exactly what I needed. It "worked on me like a tonic". It is charmingly set between the wars in a small English village ( that's practically a guarantee for success right there, isn't it?) that is peopled with an eclectic population of folk that are not all as neighborly as they could be. Mousy Miss Buncle writes a novel about them all and their reactions to reading about themselves in that book make up all the fun that happens next. I loved the twists and turns of the clev [...]

    19. Catie

      I absolutely ADORED this book. I'm adding this to one of my favorites. Ever. First off, it was hilarious! Like, laugh out loud funny. If you've read the book--the scene where a meeting was held to figure out who John Smith was--I die! Second, you wouldn't think that a book about a lady writing a book would be riveting--but it totally was! I couldn't put it down. I'm *so* excited to read the next in the series! What a wonderful book. Books like this are few and far between. It will be totally wor [...]

    20. LectoraEstherica

      La he disfrutado mucho.Es divertida, interesante, inteligente e ¡histérica! (Algunos personajes).Este es un libro donde la protagonista está escribiendo un libro donde se escribe un libro. Es estupenda. Toda y todo.

    21. Olivermagnus

      Miss Barbara Buncle is an unassuming spinster who fallen upon hard times. She has no obvious work skills, and after discarding the idea of keeping hens, decides to write a book based on her own English village. She sends her book to Mr. Abbot, a London publisher, who reads it with delight and publishes it as “Disturber of the Peace” under the name “John Smith.” Miss Buncle has based all the characters on her own friends and neighbors. Because she described the residents in such detail, c [...]

    22. QNPoohBear

      Miss Barbara Buncle is a poor spinster living in the English country village of Silverstream where nothing ever happens and nothing ever will. When the Depression comes to Silverstream, Miss Buncle has to do something to earn money so she takes up her pen to write a book. She pens a novel about Silverstream and the inhabitants of the town. A London publisher, Mr. Arthur Abbott, loves the book so much, he decides to publish it. He can't decide if the author is a satirical genius or a simpleton. E [...]

    23. Tintaglia

      Miss Barbara Buncle ha un problema: la sua rendita è sempre inferiore, le galline non pensa di poterle allevare, e nemmeno tutte le economie delmodno riescono a permetterle di mantenere nel decoro Tanglewood Cottage - nè sostituire margarina al burro, nè abbassarsi al tè più scadente, nè rinunciare a un cappotto o un cappello nuovo (e, sia detto, Miss Buncle ha un vero bisogno di un nuovo cappello!)Le salva la vita Disturber of the peace, il bestseller che tutti in Inghilterra vogliono leg [...]

    24. Damaskcat

      First published in 1934 this book has stood the test of time. Barbara Buncle has seen her income diminish to the extent that she can hardly survive without doing something drastic to increase her income or decrease her expenditure. Almost to take her mind off her situation she writes a book about the inhabitants of the fictional Copperfield. She sends it off to a publisher who immediately recognises a best seller when he sees one. Written under the pseudonym of John Smith the book sells like hot [...]

    25. Amy

      Stick with me here. This is a book about a woman that writes a book that has to write another book about a woman that writes a book. I know. That doesn't want to make you read the book. In fact that probably makes you NOT want to read the book but you should because it's fantastic. Surprisingly fantastic. It's 100% a book that doesn't take itself too seriously while at the same time it's a delightful story I couldn't put down about a small country town full of people I'd like to gossip about. Th [...]

    26. Jennifer

      I loved this story about a woman who writes a novel (using a pen name) based on her neighbors in a quaint English village - only to have the book sell like hotcakes - and instigating much consternation from the villagers who recognize themselves! Of course, they never suspect that the book was the work of their dull and dowdy spinster neighbor. Delightful!

    27. John Frankham

      This 1934 novel, beloved by so many then and in recent years when re-published by Persephone Books, is a delight. Miss Buncle, dowdy village spinster, starts writing a novel to make up her falling income, and writes with scant disguise about her own village and its inhabitants. When it is published, and people recognise themselves

    28. Christie Purifoy

      This is pretty much my ideal "fun" read. It is smart, witty, cozy, and sweet without being cloying, sentimental, or silly. Yes, this is the kind of book I consider to be "dessert" in my reading menu, but the quality is top-notch. I am eager to search out other books by D.E. Stevenson.

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