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Monica Dickens

Monica was born in London in 1915, the great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens. While her father and grandfather pursued the legal profession which was Charles Dickens first career, his great-granddaughter followed in his literary steps. Her light and witty novels became hugely popular in their time for being ‘funny, poignant and perfect period pieces’ (The Sunday Telegraph). By many horse-loving children Monica Dickens will be remembered as the creator of Follyfoot a popular ITV series in the early 70s. It formed the base for the subsequent children’s books series.

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Children’s Fiction

Follyfoot Series
Follyfoot (1971)
Dora at Follyfoot (1972)
The Horses of Follyfoot (1975)
Stranger at Follyfoot (1976)
New Arrival at Follyfoot (1995)

World’s End Series
The House at World’s End (1970)
Summer at World’s End (1971)
World’s End in Winter (1972)
Spring Comes to World’s End (1973)

Messenger Series
The Ballad of Favour (1985)
The Messenger (1985)
Cry of a Seagull (1986)
The Haunting of Bellamy 4 (1986)

General Fiction and Non-Fiction
One Pair of Hands (1939)
Mariana (1940)
One Pair of Feet (1942)
The Fancy (1943)
Thursday Afternoons (1945)
The Happy Prisoner (1946)
Joy and Josephine (1948)
Flowers on the Grass (1949)
My Turn To Make The Tea (1951)
No More Meadows (1953)
The Winds of Heaven (1955)
The Angel in the Corner (1956)
Man Overboard (1958)
The Heart of London (1961)
The Room Upstairs (1964)
Kate and Emma (1965)
The Landlord’s Daughter (1968)
The Listeners (1970)
Talking of Horses (1973)
Last Year When I Was Young (1974)
The Great Escape (1975)
An Open Book (1980)
A Celebration (1984)
A View From The Seesaw (1986)
Dear Doctor Lily (1988)
Enchantment (1989)
Closed at Dusk (1990)
Scarred (1991)
One of the Family (1993)

 

 

 

 

 

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MARIANA


Monica Dickens’s first book, published in 1940, could easily have been called Mariana – an Englishwoman. For that is what it is: the story of a young English girl’s growth towards maturity in the 1930s.We see Mary at school in Kensington and on holiday in Somerset; her attempt at drama school; her year in Paris learning dressmaking and getting engaged to the wrong man; her time as a secretary and companion; and her romance with Sam.



PUBLICATION DATE: 23 Oct 2008

UK PUBLISHER: PERSEPHONE CLASSICS

ISBN CODE: 978-1906462048

RIGHTS CONTROLLED: UK



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THE WINDS OF HEAVEN

 

The Winds of Heaven is a 1955 novel about ‘a widow, rising sixty, with no particular gifts or skills, shunted from one to the other of her more or less unwilling daughters on perpetual uneasy visits, with no prospect of her life getting anything but worse’ (Afterword). One daughter is the socially ambitious Miriam living in commuter belt with her barrister husband and children; one is Eva, an aspiring actress in love with a married man; and the third is Anne, married to a rough but kindly Bedfordshire smallholder who is the only one who treats Louise with more than merely dutiful sympathy. The one relation with whom she has any empathy is her grandchild.

 

PUBLICATION DATE: 21 Oct 2010

UK PUBLISHER: PERSEPHONE BOOKS

ISBN CODE: 978-1903155806

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ONE PAIR OF HANDS

 

“Glorious entertainment” Daily Mail

“Riotously amusing” The Times

 

‘Life was a wordless battle of wits between us, with her keeping a sharp look-out for signs of neglect, and me trying to disguise my slovenliness by subterfuge. I became an adept at sweeping dust under the bed, and always used the same few pieces of silver’

Unimpressed by the world of debutante balls, Monica Dickens shocked her family by getting a job. With no experience whatsoever, she gained employment as a cook-general.

Monica’s cooking and cleaning skills left much to be desired, and her first few positions were short lived, but soon she started to hold her own. Monica discovered the pleasure of daily banter with the milkman and grocer’s boy and the joy of doing an honest day’s work, all the while keeping a wry eye on the childish pique of her employers.

One Pair of Hands is a fascinating and thoroughly entertaining memoir of life upstairs and downstairs in the early 1930s.

 

Published: EBURY PRESS, 15th September 2011

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THE HOUSE AT WORLD’S END

 

Carrie, Tom, Em and Michael Fielding encounter unexpected adventures when they are sent to live with their uncle and aunt after their house burns down. While their father is away and their mother is in hospital, they are left in the care of Uncle Rudolph who is unused to children and decides to let them live at World’s End, a ramshackle house which was once an inn. Free at last from interference from their relatives, they begin to add to their already sizeable collection of animals – Carrie rescues John the horse, finds a wounded dog in the hayloft and even tries to save a monkey from a terrible fate… This is the first book in the series about an extraordinary family and the adventures they have at World’s End.

 

Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 28th September 2011

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ONE PAIR OF FEET

 

As the effects of the war raging in Europe begin to be felt at home in London, Monica Dickens decides to do her bit and to pursue a new career, and so enrols as a student nurse at a hospital in rural Hertfordshire. By nature clever and spirited, she struggles to submit to the iron rule of the Matron and Sisters, and is alternately infuriated and charmed by her patients. That’s not to mention the mountains of menial work that are a trainee’s lot. But there are friends among the staff and patients, night-time escapades to dances with dashing army men, and her secret writing project to keep her going.

 

Publication: VIRAGO, December 2013

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FOLLYFOOT

 

Follyfoot Farm is a retirement home for old or unwanted horses, invariably horses rescued from a cruel fate or cruel owners. It’s run by the Colonel who is helped by his stepdaughter, Callie, and two stable-hands, Dora and Steve. These three youngsters have plenty to do at the stables, but can always find time to get involved in the mysteries and adventures that abound at Follyfoot.

 

Published: ANDERSEN PRESS, 8th July 2010

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DORA AT FOLLYFOOT

 

The Colonel, owner of Follyfoot, the Home of Rest for Horses, has been ill and has to go away to convalesce. Dora and Steve are left in charge, with the strict instruction, ‘Don’t buy any horses’. But when Dora sees the rangy, cream-coloured lame horse, Amigo, she is determined to save him from spending his last days pulling a heavy log-cart – even if it means borrowing money from sly Ron Stryker. But to pay Ron back, someone from Follyfoot must win the Moonlight Pony Steeplechase . . .

 

Published: ANDERSEN PRESS, 2nd June 2011

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THE HORSES OF FOLLYFOOT

 

Dora is invited out to America to help set up a home of rest for horses. When she leaves and is given a horse to take back to Follyfoot, she can’t believe her luck. But once they’re home things start to go badly wrong. One of the horses falls ill. And it looks like the same epidemic that is sweeping America . . . Has Dora’s horse brought the disease to England?

 

Published: ANDERSEN PRESS, 5th July 2012

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THE FANCY

 

Monica Dickens’s novel chronicles the lives of a group of female workers in an aircraft factory – their men are off fighting the Second World War, and the women have had to step up and take over.Covering themes of love, family, and independence, The Fancy is above all a human story, a study of everyday life and its extraordinary characters.

 

Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 4th March 2013

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THE HAPPY PRISONER

 

A wounded soldier, returned to his family, persuades his horse-loving elder sister to accept a marriage proposal from a local farmer. With nothing to do but lie in bed and observe people, his hero status goes to his head and he begins to rearrange lives with disastrous results. In a compendium plot we delve into the life stories of his community, accumulating in a dramatic showdown involving a charming thief, a sensitive child, a wicked stepmother and his own carer.

 

Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 30th October 2012

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