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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.


New members are always welcome. To join, please fill out a Membership Application Form
(select PDF). 

For general questionsplease contact Jane Geach Davies, Angela Thirkell SocietySecretary.


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


The Society is a member of the Alliance of Literary Societies

Discussion Groups


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:  Kate also frequently posts on, including a hatchet job on Ann Bridge (Mrs Rivers?)

Our Editor, Jodie Robson, often mentions Angela Thirkell on her website 

Claire of the Captive Reader says that Angela Thirkell is one of her favourite authors, and posts numerous reviews of her books: 

Other sites where you can find Angela Thirkell references , about the special collection of middlebrow fiction at Sheffield Hallam University, hosted by Erica Brown  best described as Relusions in visual form

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

The Angela Thirkell Society North American Branch has its own website:


You may find the following items it contains extremely helpful:

Book Summaries  (you can print off a useful Shopping List)

A comprehensive Index to the works of Angela Thirkell

Dictionary of Angela Thirkell's Barsetshire Novels by Johnny Pate


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