Mrs Lirriper

Mrs Lirriper

Book - 2005
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Recently widowed, Mrs Lirriper devotes her energies to attending to the needs of her assorted lodgers. But when a newborn child is abandoned to her care, her responsibilities extend to new levels. Enlisting long-time lodger, the Major, into the role of 'guardian', the two develop an increasing affection for the boy. In an effort to entertain the growing lad, they relate the stories of their fellow-lodgers, little knowing that they are about to embark on their own real-life tale of impending death, guilty secrets and mysterious legacies.
Publisher: London : Hesperus Classics, 2005
Description: x, 254 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9781843911319
Branch Call Number: Dick


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Feb 08, 2018

It's hard to tell what this book is, from the editorial description above. In fact, it's a collection of loosely linked short stories by different authors, including Dickens, published in Christmas numbers of Dickens' magazine All The Year Round.
Dickens' Christmas stories were famous in his time, and the Christmas issues of his magazines were hot sellers. We're all familiar with A Christmas Carol (1843). But the Mrs. Lirriper story cycles, eagerly read over the holidays in 1863 and 1864, are little known today. Hesperus Press has done a service in reprinting them.
Mrs. Lirriper is a London landlady with a heart of gold. She rescues an infant whose penniless mother dies in her lodgings and raises the boy as her grandson. We read all about it in the first story, Mrs. Lirriper's Lodgings.
Either way, there's definitely enough fascinating content in this volume to rate five stars. If you get bogged down at any point, just move onto the next story. Think of it as a Christmas buffet with something for everyone and no fear of going away hungry.

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