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    Founded in 1980 by Mrs Diana McFarlan of Dublin, at the instigation of Margot Strickland, author of Angela Thirkell, Portrait of a Lady Novelist, and with the active cooperation of Lance Thirkell, youngest of Mrs Thirkell's three sons, the Society aims to honour the memory of Angela Thirkell as a writer and to make her works available to new generations. An annual Journal (free to members) is produced and contributions are encouraged. There is a thriving second-hand book scheme as well as a system by which members may borrow books which they might find too expensive or difficult to obtain, and regular regional and national meetings and outings take place. The Society has also published articles and short stories by and about Angela Thirkell, including letters written by her to her secretary, Margaret Bird, between 1950 and 1960, and a childhood memoir by her son Lance.

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The distinguished quarterly journal The Book Collector carried in its Autumn 2014 edition an article about the Society as part of its Author Society series.  It gives a comprehensive overview of our background and activities.

To read the article,  click here

 

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The Society is a member of the Alliance of Literary Societies
http://www.allianceofliterarysocieties.org.uk
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Discussion Groups

https://www.facebook.com/angelathirkellsocietyUK
http://www.facebook.com/groups/21316783056/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AThirkell/
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Links
The Archive at the University of Leeds Brotherton Library
Sheffield Hallam University Collection of Forgotten Authors
Oxford Companion to Australian Literature, entry for Angela Thirkell
Australian Dictionary of Biography, entry for Angela Margaret Thirkell

Australian Dictionary of Biography entry for Graham McInnes and Colin MacInnes
Colin MacInnes Archive, University of Rochester, New York


Kate Macdonald in her blog, Why I Really Like This Book, has chosen Cheerfulness Breaks In, Summer Half and Northbridge Rectory as two of her ten-minute podcasts about forgotten fiction: http://reallylikethisbook.libsyn.com  Kate also frequently posts on http://vulpeslibris.wordpress.com/, including a hatchet job on Ann Bridge (Mrs Rivers?)

Our Editor, Jodie Robson, often mentions Angela Thirkell on her website
http://geraniumcatsbookshelf.blogspot.co.uk 

Claire of the Captive Reader says that Angela Thirkell is one of her favourite authors, and posts numerous reviews of her books:
http://thecaptivereader.wordpress.com 

Other sites where you can find Angela Thirkell references

http://reading19001950.wordpress.com , about the special collection of middlebrow fiction at Sheffield Hallam University, hosted by Erica Brown

http://athomeinbarsetshire.blogspot.co.uk  best described as Relusions in visual form

http://laurasmusings.wordpress.com

http://desperatereader.blogspot.co.uk

http://www.cornflowerbooks.co.uk

http://www.goodreads.com

July 2005 The Playwrights Database - The Good Little Girls by Angela Thirkell

Some items you may find useful from the Angela Thirkell Society North American Branch
Shopping List - http://www.angelathirkell.org/atbooks.htm
Book Summaries  -  http://www.angelathirkell.org/atbrief.htm
Index - http://www.angelathirkell.org/athazel.htm
Dictionary of Barsetshire Novels - http://www.angelathirkell.org/diction.htm
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Membership
New members are always welcome. To join, please fill out a Membership Application Form
(select PDF).

For general questions, please contact Jane Geach Davies, the Angela Thirkell
Society Secretary.

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Summer Outings
Society Members outside North End House, Rottingdean, one of  the Three Houses

 
Outing to Hook Farm, where Angela Thirkell wrote August Folly

Laying flowers on the grave at Rottingdean


Stanway House, possibly the model for Rushwater

Outing to Kelmscott

 

     Outing to Watts Gallery, Compton