|Title:||Rosamund's Tuck Shop (Abbey #25)|
|Tags:||fiction, young adult, school stories|
Description from front cover flap:
Rhoda—a schoolgirl of seventeen—and her mother find themselves dispossessed by a distant cousin, and her fierce resentment centres around Rosamund, the girl whom this cousin is to marry, and upon whom Rhoda looks as an interloper and usurper.
Rhoda returns to school—a wonderful school, where the girls wear boots and breeches for their work, and learn to garden and care for animals, to drive and look after a car, as well as the more usual school pursuits. Rhoda and her friends are delighted with the life, but Rhoda makes a startling discovery.
The intrigues and the family feud run throughout the story, but after exciting events and hard-won victories the end comes on a note of reconciliation and happiness. [Suggest a different description.]
|Comments:||also Kentisbury, #2; Quellyn/Woodend, #2|
Author Bio for Dunkerley, Elsie Jeanette
A celebrated English girls’ school story writer, Elsie J. Oxenham's real name was Elsie Jeanette Dunkerley. Born in 1880 in Southport, Lancashire, she was the daughter of writer William John Dunkerley, whose chosen pseudonym - ‘John Oxenham’ - was a clear influence upon her own. Her brother, Roderic Dunkerley, was also an author (published under his own name), as was her sister Erica, who used the 'Oxenham' name as well. Oxenham grew up in Ealing, West London, where her family had moved when she was a baby, living there until 1922, when the family moved again, to Worthing. After the deaths of her parents, Oxenham lived with her sister Maida. She died in 1960.
Oxenham, whose interests included the Camp Fire movement, and English Folk Dance traditions, is primarily remembered as the creator of the 38-book Abbey Girls series. In her lifetime she had 87 titles published, and another two have since been published by her niece, who discovered the manuscripts in the early 1990s. She is considered a major figure among girls' school story writers of the first half of the twentieth century -- one of the 'Big Three,' together with Elinor Brent-Dyer and Dorita Fairlie Bruce.--goodreads.com.
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