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Dark Puss

I guess it should be obvious but, for this cat of lttle brain, perhaps you could clarify whether this is a work of fiction or a publication of a collection of "real" letters. I shan't be buying it despite your exhortation but I'll see if my library has a copy (quite likely).


Fiction firmly based on fact!
As Joyce Dennys was herself the wife of a doctor in a Devon coastal town (Budleigh Salterton, I think), the letters are clearly founded on her own experiences. She said later "When I stopped [writing them] after the war, I felt quite lost. Henrietta was part of me. I never quite knew where I ended and she began".
And here's a radical idea for you, Dark Puss: you could buy a copy and present it to your library!!

Dark Puss

Thank you for the helpful clarification; I'll consider your radical suggestion - I have already bought one novel this year!

Lisa W

I ordered this book and The Brontes Went to Woolworths, and I`m now looking forward to their delivery. Perhaps one of the upcoming volumes from the Bloomsbury Group would make a good book group selection.


I have read and reviewed this book and simply love it and cannot understand why I have not read it before. I have now tracked down the second one and ordered it as I simply must must must have it after reading this one.

Simon T

I started reading Henrietta Sees It Through in the Bodleian today - equally wonderful, I'll be emailing Bloomsbury encouraging them to reprint that one too. Obviously my favourite of the series is Miss Hargreaves, but Henrietta has rocketed into second place :-)


Fingers crossed Bloomsbury will bring out the second volume!


I'm so glad they are bringing out Miss Hargreaves, though no doubt "without fuss", but Henrietta is terrific!


Good idea, Lisa.


Good news is that Bloomsbury are 'strongly considering' the second one but obviously are waiting to see how the first one does so everyone please go out and buy it NOW!!

Dark Puss

Saw a few copies of this today prominent in the ??? branch of Daunt Books. Of course I didn't buy it, but I did buy a card with a picture by the artist Margaret Bradley which appeared in The Sketch in 1927.

This one:

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