The book is in very good condition and is housed in a protective mylar cover. There is only minor wear to the red-pink dust jacket which is price clipped but has the original bookseller's price sticker attached. There is some foxing to the page ends. Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears or inscriptions.
Edward Frederic Benson is one of the greatest English humorists. He achieved great success at an early age with his first novel Dodo (published in 1893). He wrote over a hundred books: serious novels, ghost stories, plays and biographies. But he is best remembered for his Lucia comedies written between 1920 and 1939 and other comic novels such as Paying Guests and Mrs Ames.
The principal setting of four of the Mapp and Lucia books is a town called Tilling, which is recognizably based on Rye, East Sussex, where Benson lived for many years and served as mayor from 1934. He died in 1940.
The Make Way For Lucia series consist of six novels and two short stories. The short stories are The Male Impersonator and Desirable Residences. Both appear in anthologies of Benson's short stories, and the former is also often appended to the end of the novel Miss Mapp. The last three novels were serialized for Channel 4 in 1985–1986 under the series title Mapp and Lucia and starring Prunella Scales, Geraldine McEwan and Nigel Hawthorne.
Lucia's Progress is the sixth book in the series.
The author began the histories of Miss Elizabeth Mapp of Tilling and Mrs Emmeline Lucas of Riseholme (Mapp & Lucia) in the 1920s; and these books form an exquisite tapestry of life in two delightful English country towns.
"Lucia and Mapp's amusing adventures in Tilling continue in Lucia's Progress. The redoubtable pair stand unsuccessfully for election to the Town Council. Lucia enters a too-chaste marriage with Georgie. And after a house swap with the infamous Miss Mapp, Lucia redecorates, only to discover - and then hide - the remains of a Roman villa!"
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