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Author: Norah Lofts
ISBN: 0340219637
Language: English
Pages: 285 pages
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; New Ed edition (January 1, 1978)
Rating: 4.2
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Afternoon of an Autocrat book. Sir Charles Augustus Shelmadine was an autocrat.

Before Christmas everyone knew that Danny Fuller was walking out with her, and spice was added to the gossip by the rumour that he was a reformed character.

Before Christmas everyone knew that Danny Fuller was walking out with her, and spice was added to the gossip by the rumour that he was a reformed character as abundantly confirmed: one of his former cronies had betted another five shillings that he would have Danny inside the King's Head before the day was out, and with such a sum at stake exerted all his cajolery to gain his point. When he failed he turned nasty and said, 'Well, I hope it's worth it! I'm told that if you can get a Methody girl in the.

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Once again, Norah Lofts proves she cannot be pigeonholed. Categories of Interest: Select All. Biography & Memoir.

The Devil In Clevely. Select Format: Hardcover. ISBN13:9780552113946.

Norah Lofts, née Norah Ethel Robinson, (27 August 1904 – 10 September 1983) was a 20th-century best-selling British author. She wrote more than fifty books specialising in historical fiction, but she also wrote non-fiction and short stories. Many of her novels, including her Suffolk Trilogy, follow the history of specific houses and their residents over several generations.

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About book: Sir Charles Augustus Shelmadine was an autocrat. He ruled his village with a firm but kindly hand-instructing his tenants on their crops, their children and their love affairs. And when he died and the new Squire came, the village stirred uneasily.

Hadstock, Sir Richard's bailiff, is determined to rescue Linda Schelmadine from her loveless marriage to the cold-hearted Sir Richard
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For years this has been my very favorite book. I am not good at reviews so please bear with me. It starts out with one of Norah Lofts wonderful discriptions of autumn and old superstitions which are fun. The autocrat starts out on his last ride and it gives you a good overview of what is to come. There is also a delicious haunting which comes in from other books by Norah Lofts. This takes place on The Lady's Ride. My favorite character is Damask but the other woman character is also very strong and brave. Damask has an unusual gift. It is mildly scary for those of us who cannot stand big shocks to our system or the endless cuss words that so popular today. I fear now to give away things and so spoil the book. Its a perfect read for the month of October. Do join us on goodreads for the discussion of it.
Oh my goodness--how could we have forgotten about this awesome writer? Something jogged my memory and I raided my ancient stash of Norah Lofts books and also paid a visit to our local used bookstore and bought two more. I want them all!!! Why? Because Norah Lofts is the Agatha Christie of historical fiction, that's why. She can recreate worlds that disappeared long ago and set you down in the middle of them and let you experience them along with her characters. You're right there, living daily life along with the lord and lady of the manor, the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker, and a host of other fascinating personnae. Their hopes and concerns become yours. 'Afternoon of an Autocrat' is about the small Suffolk village of Clevely in the year 1795. Lots of things are happening there, but mainly the new squire is preparing to 'enclose' the village lands, which will have drastic consequences for most of the villagers. And here is where the characters come in. The squire is a jaded sot who likes to make his wife, Linda, miserable when he can spare the energy to do anything. Linda is a very nice lady who deserves better, which the bailiff Hadlock is quick to perceive, and he would like to protect and help her. There's a village girl, Damascus ('Damask'), who falls in love and in the process awakens some kind of supernatural ability within herself. This incident, combined with the finding of an ancient temple of Mithras beneath the squire's house, creates one of the main plots of the novel. Did I say plots? Yes I did--there's a lot more going on here than I can easily describe in a review. And it all builds to a very satisfying conclusion. All I can say is that, if you enjoy historical fiction, this will be your jam. Yesss!
I read this novel as part of a discussion led by Werner at the Goodreads Supernatural Group.

I find it's interesting to read books by novelists who reach back in time to write about a former era. Hey, what can I say? I did it myself with Moonlight Dancer.

I think of Nathaniel Hawthorne, a 19th century writer who focused on 17th century New England in The Scarlet Letter. (I still love that book despite Hawthorne's derision of women writers.) I think of John Harwood reaching from the 21st century back to 19th century with his gothic novel The Séance. In a previous post I compared Harwood's depiction of 19th century female sensibilities with those of Wilkie Collins. You can read that here.

Today, we have 20th century author Norah Lofts writing about 18th century Suffolk, England. The setting is a rural community beset with the forces of those who would enclose the common land (the landed gentry) versus those who traditionally had free access to the land in question (the farming poor).

Our story opens with autocrat Charles Shelmadine as he travels the countryside atop Bob the horse garnering support for enclosure. It's a neat literary device as we thus meet our cast of characters: Damask Greenaway, her OCD evangelist father, Damask's love interest Danny, forgetful Mrs. Parsons et al. The author does a good job of world-building via a leisurely pace, not unlike trotting down country lanes with Old Bob, inspecting turnip yields and cobblers' kitchens. (However, I did find some of the Amos Greenaway church-building ruminations tedious.) Still, along the way author Lofts entertains readers with her gentle satire, a style reminiscent of Katherine Mansfield.

All is torn asunder when Sir Charles dies (not a spoiler as this happens early on and sets the plot in motion). Enter spoiled autocrat scion Richard Shelmadine and his delightful albeit browbeaten wife Linda. Soon, Richard's dissolute lifestyle leads him to unsavory Mr. Mundford-he who neither ages nor loses at cards. Mr. Mundford and Richard explore the mysteries of Mithras worship much to Linda's dismay. Meanwhile, feisty Damask ponders a power all her own. The question is, can Linda put all to rights? My lips are sealed tighter than the underground chamber chez Shelmadine.

Finally, the lives of the community members coalesce in a dazzling, blood-stirring dénouement well worth the wait.

And, speaking of endings, a cautionary note. Our intrepid leader Werner discovered that not all editions of this novel are created equal. Apparently, some budget-minded publishers decided to delete the last chapter in later editions. Quelle crime! Cursed affront to authors! So, if you buy or borrow this book, make sure Chapter 21 begins thus: On an October evening in the year 1798, Matt Ashpole drove home...
I love the writing of Norah Lofts and own most of her books but this is my very favorite one. I really like the character of Damask Greenway. She is tough and mysterious. This is also about the time when land was being enclosed and Norah Lofts explains this very well. You learn much of the history of Suffolk. Its also a book that is full of the supernatural so a great read for October if you like something a little spooky.

To know who haunts the Lower Road you will need to read Bless This House next.
1795 England, enclosure was a major issue. Charles Shelmadine had resisted it all his life, but after his death, his son, Richard, has the land enclosed. Damask Greenway is a major figure in getting the process done. The division of the 'Waste' is unfair and unreasonable to most. This book follows these familes through this troubled times.