Mrs Lirriper, Paperback Book

Mrs Lirriper Paperback

Part of the Hesperus Classics series

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Mrs Lirriper is an involving story of people thrown together by chance, that moves from the squalors of Victorian London to the sunnier climes of southern France.

Recently widowed, Mrs Lirriper devotes her energies to attending to the needs of her assorted lodgers.

But when a new-born 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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9781843911241

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First off let me say how much I like Hesperus Press editions. They are sturdy, well-made paperbacks, whose attractive covers have been lengthened an inch or so and then turned in, like a book jacket, so that the edges over-hang like a hardback . The paper is good and the print excellent. I am accumulating a set of their Dickens Christmas anthologies, which include the contributions by other people, and they are excellent.To get the criticism out of the way, yes this is sentimental and yes, the stories by people who aren't Dickens vary widely in quality but and it's a big BUT Mrs Lirriper herself is a delight. A garrulous, good-hearted widow who keeps a lodging house in London, Mrs Lirriper rambles around subject as varied as the problem of "girls" hired as servants (I liked the one who married a Plymouth Brethern, became a Plymouth Sister and had Plymouth Twins) and the Wandering Christians, people who inspect and then say they will take lodging and are never seen again. After a young mother is abandoned by her husband, Mrs Lirriper ends up adopting her son, and the boy and her favourite lodger (Major Jemmy Jackman) feature largely. I did scorn the baby talk of the boy, until I had a nephew who talked just like him - which shows that Mr Dickens knows better than I do.Not exactly a surprise.

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