Mapp and Lucia

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Mapp and Lucia is a 1931 comic novel written by E. F. Benson. It is the fourth of six novels in the popular Mapp and Lucia series, about idle women in the 1920s and their struggle for social dominance over their small communities. It brings together two sets of characters from three previous Benson novels: "Lucia" Lucas, Georgie Pillson and Daisy Quantock from Queen Lucia (1920) and Lucia in London (1927), and Miss Elizabeth Mapp and her neighbours from Miss Mapp (1922).
In this novel, Lucia and Georgie leave Riseholme to take up summer residence in Tilling, renting Miss Mapp's home of Mallards. Mapp and Lucia soon begin a war for the dominance of social life in Tilling.

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5 stars

Book four of EF Benson's series of Mapp and Lucia novels is the one which finally brings them together. It's easy to look at the previous books from here and think that this was always Fred's intention but my suspicion is that the idea of bringing them together only came to him after he's written the two previous Lucia books and 'Miss Mapp'.

Whatever, the joining of these two characters provides the spice that was missing from the previous books in that they both, finally, have an adversary worthy of each other.

It is a gorgeous book. A real period piece about life among the independently wealthy middle classes between the wars and it's full of little episodes all of which come together to a magnificent conclusion.