Miss Bunting

Miss Bunting

A Novel

Book - 1996
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The carefully observed separation of the old and the new social strata is upset when representatives of each come together in the sphere of Miss Bunting- the governess who has molded most of the country's upper class. Under Miss Bunting's tutelage, Anne, daughter of Sir Robert Fielding, renews an old school acquaintance with the daughter of Hogglestock's successful, albeit not genteel, iron master. We must move with the times, says the unflappable governess when Lady Fielding questions the suitability of this association. With characteristics aplomb, Miss Bunting takes girls and situation both firmly in hand and sets all things to right.

Publisher: Wakefield, R.I. : Moyer Bell ; Emeryville, CA : Distributed in North America by Publishers Group West, 1996.
ISBN: 9781559211741
Characteristics: 322 p. : map ; 22 cm.


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Sep 28, 2017

This was a unique read. I have been interested in 1930's literature from between the wars as there are characters with a lot of pluck. Apart from the servant from Mixo-Lydia (thank the internet for a list of literary non-existant countries that date much further back than the 1930's) who was often on a rant and spouted all sorts of nonsense while tripping over her English, the other characters are quite depressing and the whole novel tilts like the Titanic towards the end of an era. Poor Miss Bunting doesn't even make it to the end of this book! I much prefer the positive quirkiness of the Miss Bunkle books from the same decade.


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