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.
(P)1997 Blackstone Audio Inc.
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Critic reviews

"[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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5 out of 5 stars
By Mrs on 22-04-14

Love Lucia, would like more unabridged Lucia pls

I'd love to hear the other Mapp and Lucia books unabridged, they are such a delightful treat to return to again and again. Delicious characters in a small community set in the 1920's, wicked and gossipy and fun, fun, fun!

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 01-03-15

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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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Meg on 16-04-09

A delight

A little slow to get into but well worth it! Funny characters and situations, well narrated.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Gloria on 02-01-16

If you like the television show, Frasier, you'll love this book

The story is full of the absurdities of the self involved. The characters and situations will give you a chuckle.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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