Queen Lucia

  • by E. F. Benson
  • Narrated by Nadia May
  • 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The fascinating story of the village of Riseholme's reigning queen of high society: the indomitable Lucia!England between the wars was a paradise of utter calm and leisure for the very, very rich. But into this enclave is born Mrs. Emmeline Lucas - La Lucia, as she is known - a woman determined to lead a life quite different from the pomp and subdued nature of her class. With her cohort, Georgie Pillson, and her husband, Peppino, she upends the greats of high society, including the imperious Lady Ambermere and her equally imperious dog, Pug; the odious Piggy and Goosie Antrobus; the Christian Scientist Daisy Quantrock, with her penchant for the foreign; and everyone else in the small English town that the wealthy Britons call their country home. Beset on all sides by pretenders to her social throne, Lucia brings culture, the fine arts, and a great deal of excitement and intrigue into this cloistered realm.

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What the Critics Say

"[A] delicious satire of the pretensions and foibles of provincial middle-class life in Britain in the 1920s and '30s...[with] droll send-ups of the bitter battles waged by matrons desperate to live out their fantastical versions of upper-class elegance and wit, and...shrewd readings of the ways in which our longings can make us both bizarre and sometimes appealing." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Customer Reviews

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Charming

This is a charming reading of the light and amusing activities of Lucia and all the delightful characters who live in her village. A pleasant and entirely soothing accompaniment to the day's activities.
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- Emma

scintillating

What made the experience of listening to Queen Lucia the most enjoyable?

the fact that it was so culturally alien to my life and the fact that some of the snobbery was so easy to understand. I could see why in such a tiny world as Tilling that so many small mishaps have such large consequences. Funny and brutal


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

too rich for just one sitting


Any additional comments?

Listen to Miss Mapp first then both stories will make better sense.

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- Mark "Happy, vegetarian, swimming, Spanish learning, walking, knitting, partnered man. Teacher and learner."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-11-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.