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A Certain Age
A Dictionary Of The Sussex Dialect
Audio: Books & Radio
Can You Eat, Shoot & Leave?
Cat Out of Hell
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Illustrated Edition
Eats Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference
Get Her Off The Pitch!
Going Loco
Making The Cat Laugh
Talk to the Hand
Tennyson and his Circle
Tennyson's Gift
The Girl's Like Spaghetti: Why, You Can't Manage Without Apostrophes!
Twenty-Odd Ducks: Why, Every Punctuation Mark Counts!
Westwood
With One Lousy Free Packet of Seed
Westwood
 
Published originally in 1946, this charming and funny novel by Stella Gibbons concerns the heartache of the 21-year-old Margaret Steggles, who idolises the preposterous playwright Gerard Challis. Packed with great characters and period atmosphere (it’s set in Highgate in 1943), it was Gibbons’s own favourite among her twenty-odd novels. I adapted it for radio in 2004 as a two-part Classic Serial (with Juliet Aubrey and Rosemary Leach), and was very pleased when BBC 4 Extra repeated it to coincide with publication of the new Vintage edition.

 

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