Miss Buncle's Book

Miss Buncle's Book

eBook - 2012
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Who Knew One Book Could Cause So Much Chaos? Barbara Buncle is in a bind. Times are harsh, and Barbara's bank account has seen better days. Maybe she could sell a novel ... if she knew any stories. Stumped for ideas, Barbara draws inspiration from her fellow residents of Silverstream, the little English village she knows inside and out. To her surprise, the novel is a smash. It's a good thing she wrote under a pseudonym, because the folks of Silverstream are in an uproar. But what really turns Miss Buncle's world around is this: what happens to the characters in her book starts happening to their real-life counterparts. Does life really imitate art? A beloved author who has sold more than seven million books, D. E. Stevenson is at her best with Miss Buncle's Book, crafting a highly original and charming tale about what happens when people see themselves through someone else's eyes.
Publisher: [United States] : Sourcebooks Inc, 2012.
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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A humorous and light read set in the early 1900’s England. Miss Buncle has discovered she needs money, so she writes a book under a false name that caricatures the people of her village perfectly. Frantic to discover who the mystery author is, the people of the village hold meetings and inquisitions. A funny series of events follow as the book becomes a national bestseller. This is a good story to read for a bit of escapism and a chuckle. (submitted by DH)

Jul 09, 2017

Charming in an oh-so-British way. I enjoyed it immensely. As a matter of fact, the atmosphere reminded me of some of Agatha Christie's books, but without the murder. A light, wholesome, and fun read.

Feb 03, 2017

Charming book
Light and amusing. I enjoyed it very much
Yes I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a light read.

Aug 16, 2016

Nice little story but not good enough to tempt me to read the next one - can anyone really be as naive as Miss Buncle? It was charming and sweet.

SPL_Melanie Dec 03, 2015

Charming British novel with a touch of snark to keep it fun :) Miss Buncle inadvertently writes a best-seller based on her neighbours, and finds love in the process.

Oct 28, 2015

Put up your feet and settle back for several hours of pure pleasure with this light-hearted British fiction. Not a mystery, and thus missing the usual formulas, this tale of village life, and what happens when the masks come off, is difficult to put down.

Feb 25, 2015

I liked it. Somehow it was satisfying. I like that it was about goodness winning out. Light reading but enjoyable.

Feb 19, 2015

Very British humour, timeless, refreshing read from decades ago. Have already requested next book.

ivana1122 Jul 22, 2014

Delightful! I've looked for DE Stevenson books in many used book stores and they are not easy to find. I hope the library can find the rest of her books as I would love to read them all.

EuSei Aug 30, 2013

A really delightful book, a pleasure to read, with some hilarious moments—be ready for many chuckles, so be sure you are alone when you read it! Incredibly, there is no sex, and no foul language; modern writers should look for some inspiration in books like this! I’m looking forward to the next book in this series of three: “Miss Buncle Married” and “The Two Mrs. Abbotts.” (Here you can find a list of all Stevenson’s books: http://destevenson.org/) Incidentally, Dorothy Emily Stevenson was the cousin of famous writer Robert Louis Stevenson.

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