The first of Benson's beloved satirical novels about Emmeline Lucas, who rules her small English village with an iron hand
England between the wars is a place of calm ans leisure for the rich but Lucia is determined to live a different type of life,,,very humorous book. The characters are fascinating
"We will pay anything for Lucia books" - Noel Coward, Gertrude Lawrence, Nancy Mitford, and W.H. Auden.
"My greatest reading pleasure in 1967 was the discovery of E.F. Benson's "Lucia" novels...I enjoyed them so much that I borrowed them (and was tempted to steal) two more of the series: and I confess myself a Lucian addict." - Terence De Vere White.
Queen Lucia is set in the middle-class, garden-party world of the 1920's, a society dominated utterly and ruthlessly by the greatest arch-snob who has ever existed. Lucia and her cohorts--Georgie with his dyed hair, embroidery, and piano duets, Daisy Quantock with her passion for the new and exotic--capture the mood and flavour of a whole period, and the natures and rivalries of English life are described engrossingly and with rapier wit. If the pens of Evelyn Waugh and Jane Austen had mated, Lucia would have been the offspring.
E. F. Benson was a wonderful British humorist, and Lucia is a funny protagonist who will delight you! There is a forward by Nancy Mitford, another wonderful writer and wit.
Classic British comedy of manners set between the World Wars, this book exposes the rift between classes while presenting a bygone age. Unfortunately, at least in this volume, Lucia is not very likeable.