Visitors for the Chalet School
Helen McClelland, with illustrations by Anne
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Elinor M. Brent-Dyer never completed her account of the term following The Princess of the Chalet School (Chambers, 1927). Fortunately, however, she did leave some notes outlining the story, and using these and other clues, her biographer Helen McClelland has been able to reconstruct a fascinating account of that early Christmas term. Illustrated by Anne Thompson, Visitors for the Chalet School is a long-awaited treat for Chalet School fans of all ages.
"As well as wonderfully true in atmosphere
and characterisation to Elinor M. Brent-Dyer's originals, Visitors
for the Chalet School is an immensely enjoyable story in its
own right. Helen McClelland and Bettany Press are to be congratulated
for providing us with this missing link in the ever-lambent Chalet School
"This is a piece of skilled craftmanship.
Although in some ways rather better written than the originals, it has all
the hallmarks of one. It really is superb and I am overcome with admiration
(I started reading it prepared to be critical)."
a featured girl, Patricia Davidson, who hopes that Joey will help her
realise her dreams of becoming a doctor, and all the usual obsessions
with the weather and gorging ('delicious spicy soup . . . Blaubeeren
Torte with whipped cream and finally plates of Viennese honey and nut
biscuits'). McClelland has a wonderful knack for period detail, coming
up with Elinor-esque party games, songs, slang."
Photograph: Helen McClelland
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