It is my pleasure to reminder readers that Virago will be reprinting three new Angela Thirkell titles this November. Time to place your pre-orders or, for those of you with self control, provide your families with a preview Christmas wishlist. They are all wartime novels and, to my way of thinking, they are some of her best. They are:
The Headmistress is probably my very favourite of Thirkell’s books and, having struggled to find a second-hand copy, I am delighted at the prospect of adding it to my library.
That said, I continue to object to Virago’s frankly irritating decision to release additional books in e-editions only, as they are doing with Growing Up and Peace Breaks Out. While I’d agree the three books they are printing this time around are better than the two being released as e-books, I’d still prefer a complete set. And I will never feel resigned to Cheerfulness Breaks In, my sentimental favourite of the series, being released as an e-book only. I’m not sure what, if any, their plans are for future releases – Thirkell’s post-war works are pretty sloppy – so hopefully they might go back and fill in these few gaps with proper reprints one day. We can only hope and encourage them!