Good Evening, Mrs Craven

  • by Mollie Panter-Downes
  • Narrated by Lucy Scott
  • 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For fifty years Mollie Panter-Downes' name was associated with The New Yorker, for which she wrote a regular 'Letter from London', book reviews and over thirty short stories; of the twenty-one in Good Evening, Mrs Craven, written between 1939 and 1944, only two had ever been reprinted - these very English stories have, until now, been unavailable to English readers. Exploring most aspects of English domestic life during the war, they are about separation, sewing parties, fear, evacuees sent to the country, obsession with food, the social revolutions of wartime. In the Daily Mail Angela Huth called Good Evening, Mrs Craven 'my especial find' and Ruth Gorb in the Ham & High contrasted the humour of some of the stories with the desolation of others: 'The mistress, unlike the wife, has to worry and mourn in secret for her man; a middle-aged spinster finds herself alone again when the camaraderie of the air-raids is over...'
The stories read by English actress Lucy Scott beautifully re-create this tumultuous period.


What the Critics Say

“Sated as I am with a steady stream of blokey, schmaltzy or just plain bad second world war-related audios, I can only say that this funny, intelligent, deceptively low-key collection about the Home Counties under siege is long overdue....These semi-autobiographical stories...are splendidly read by Lucy Scott.” (Sue Arnold, The Guardian)


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Customer Reviews

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Very enjoyable listen

I had not heard of Mollie Panter-Downes until I came across this book. For people like me who did not live through the 2nd World War it paints some wonderful pictures of life for those 'left at home'. Some of the stories are very witty and others poignant. It is well read by Lucy Scott. I certainly plan to listen to it again soon and play it to an elderly relative for whom I am sure it will bring back many memories. I have no hesitation in recommending this book.
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- Maureen

Forgotten gem recovered

One of my favourite books and beautifully read by Lucy Scott. I had to force myself to only listen to one story a day to make it last longer. Please, please, please, could you get Ms Scott to also read "Minnie's Room - The Peace Time Stories of Mollie Panter-Downes"?!
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- Antje

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-07-2011
  • Publisher: Persephone