Mapp and Lucia

  • by E. F. Benson
  • Narrated by Miriam Margolyes
  • 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Mapp and Lucia is the centrepiece of E. F. Benson's series of Lucia novels - bringing together for the first time the eponymous middle-aged doyennes of polite 1930s society Miss Elizabeth Mapp and Emmeline Luca (Lucia to her friends).
Lucia, recently widowed, is the newcomer to the village of Tilling and eager to wrest the reins of social supremacy from the incumbant Miss Mapp and install herself as its benevolent dictator. In their polite acts of sabotage and ruthless jockeying for the position of cultural arbiter Mapp and Lucia tear up the conventions of drawing-room bridge evenings as their deadly weapons.
Things finally come to a head with Miss Mapp's audacious attempt to steal her rival's celebrated Lobster a la Riseholme. E.F. Benson's charming satrical bent turns the pretensions and snobberies of English village life into a vicious comedy.

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all too short

Beautifully read but unfortunately heavily abridged which knocks out much of the original's charm. We're never told, for instance that 'the sostenuto pedal proved a thing of nought' and all the other wonderful E F Benson expressions which make his novels such a joy.

But I did liked Margolyles' 'Georgie' voice; deep, lazily drawling without the obvious campness that the charecter's usually laden with.
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- Philip

shouldn't be abridged

What did you like best about Mapp and Lucia? What did you like least?

I love the Lucia stories, especially the verbal duels between her and Miss Mapp. It's such a shame that these have been abridged. Most of the humour has been cut out of the story and leaves it very flat.


Would you ever listen to anything by E. F. Benson again?

Only if it's unabridged.


Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Not bad but not good.


Could you see Mapp and Lucia being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Has been done.


Any additional comments?

I'm so disappointed that the full length stories are no longer available on Audible. The abridged ones aren't worth buying.

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- Susan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-04-2010
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK