'When did two girls of our age have such a chance as we've got-to have a lark entirely on our own? No chaperone, no rules, no . . . ' 'No present income or future prospects,' said Lucilla. 'No slavery!' cried Jane.
It's 1919 and Jane and her cousin Lucilla leave school to find that their guardian has gambled away their inheritance, but left them with a small cottage outside London. Determined to become successful businesswomen, the cousins embark on a series of misadventures - setting up a flower shop, a guest house, and ignoring the attentions of male admirers - in a bid to secure their independence.
The Lark is a joyful, witty and utterly charming novel about two young women trying to find their place in the world, with an introduction from the Booker-winning author Penelope Lively.
E. Nesbit was born in Surrey in 1858. A world-famous children's author, her works include The Railway Children and Five Children and It. She also wrote several works of fiction for adults. With her husband, Hubert Bland, she was one of the founding members of the socialist Fabian Society; their household became a centre of the socialist and literary circles of the times. She died in 1924.
A wry, charming delight of a book The Pool To come upon any Nesbit today, hitherto unread, ...is like receiving a letter from a friend whom you have believed dead New York Times A charming and brilliantly entertaining novel... shot through with the light-hearted Nesbit touch -- Penelope Lively, from the introduction She had an economy of phrase, and an unparalleled talent for evoking hot summer days in the English countryside -- Noel Streatfield She, of all the writers I have ever read, has given me over the years the most complete satisfaction -- Noel Coward
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