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Publication Order of David Blaize Books

David Blaize (1916)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
David of King's (1924)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
David Blaize and the Blue Door (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Dodo Trilogy Books

Dodo (1893)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dodo's Daughter (1913)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dodo the Second (1914)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dodo Wonders (1921)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of The Mapp & Lucia Novels Books

Queen Lucia (1920)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Miss Mapp (1922)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lucia in London (1927)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lucia Rising (1927)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mapp and Lucia (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Worshipful Lucia (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Make Way for Lucia (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lucia Victrix (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trouble for Lucia (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lucia in Wartime (By:Tom Holt) (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lucia Triumphant (By:Tom Holt) (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Major Benjy (With: Tom Holt) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lucia on Holiday (With: Tom Holt) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lucia and the Diplomatic Incident (By:Tom Holt) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Babe, B.A. (1897)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Money Market (1898)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Luck of the Vails (1901)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Valkyries (1903)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Image in the Sand (1905)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Blotting Book (1908)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Climber (1908)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Account Rendered (1911)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mrs. Ames (1912)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Arundel (1915)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Freaks of Mayfair (1916)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Michael (1916)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Up and Down (1918)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Across the Stream (1919)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Colin (1923)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Secret Lives (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Paying Guests (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
An Autumn Sowing (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Inheritor (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ravens' Brood (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Colin II (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Passenger (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Weaker Vessel (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Angel of Pain (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
An Act in a Backwater (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Daisy's Aunt (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Princess Sophia; A Novel (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Oakleyites (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Challoners (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Peter (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sheaves (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Paul (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lovers And Friends (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Limitations (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Juggerernaut (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alan (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Scarlet and Hyssop (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book of Months (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The House of Defence (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Capsina (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Robin Linnet (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Vintage (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tortoise (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Reaping (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Expiation (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How Fear Departed the Long Gallery (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mammon and Co (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Relentless City (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Osbornes (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rubicon (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Judgment Books (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Mrs. Amworth (1923)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
And No Bird Sings (1926)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Man Who Went Too Far (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Terror by Night (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Confession of Charles Linkworth (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sanctuary (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

Six Common Things (1893)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Room in the Tower (1912)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Countess of Lowndes Square, and Other Stories (1921)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Visible and Invisible (1924)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Horror Horn And Other Stories (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tale of an Empty House and Other Ghost Stories (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Flint Knife (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Desirable Residences and Other Stories (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Collected Ghost Stories of E.F. Benson (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night Terrors (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Complete Short Stories of E. F. Benson (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Collected Ghost Stories of E. F. Benson (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fine Feathers and Other Stories (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Face (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
More Spook Stories (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Step (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ghost Stories (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tales from the Dark Forrest 1 - 4 (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spook Stories (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Life of Alcibiades (1928)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
As We Were (1930)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Final Edition (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Queen Victoria (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
As We Are (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sir Francis Drake (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Report on Prospects of Research in Alexandria (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Our Family Affairs (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

E. F. Benson was a wonderful English writer, archaeologist, short story writer, biographer, and memoirist. He was born as Edward Frederic Benson and was particularly famous for writing the Mapp and Lucia book series. Additionally, he has penned numerous standalone, several short story collections, a few nonfiction books, as well as some biographies, articles, and plays. Author Benson was born on July 24, 1940, at Wellington College, Berkshire. He was the 5th child of Edward White Benson, the headmaster of Wellington College, who later became a chancellor, Bishop, and finally Archbishop. His mother was Mary Sidgwick. Benson’s elder siblings included Arthur Christopher Benson, who was a popular writer himself; Margaret Benson, an amateur Egyptologist and author; and Robert Hugh Benson, a renowned writer of several Roman Catholic Apologetics and novels.

Two of his siblings died when they were young. The parents of author Benson had 6 children, but no grandchildren. Neither he nor any of his siblings produced any children. Benson completed his early education at Temple Grove School. Later, he joined Marlborough College for further studies. It was here that Benson became serious about writing and it is also the basis of one of his novels called David Blaize. Benson continued his studies by joining King’s College in Cambridge, where he became a Pitt Club member. Later in his life, he obtained an honorary fellowship at Magdalene College. During his time at Cambridge, Benson had come in contact with Vicent Yorke and fallen in love with him. He even wrote about him in his dairy and speculated that Vincent knew about his feelings for him.

The first published novel written by Benson is Sketches From Marlborough. However, he began his career with the controversial 1893 novel, Dodo. After its immense success, Benson came up with a few more romantic, satire, and supernatural stories. The Mapp and Lucia books were written by him quite late in his career. They comprise a total of six books and a couple of short stories. In 1983, BBC Radio 4 adapted the first four books of this series into a 12-part series called Trouble for Lucia and broadcast it across the country. In 2007, the company came up with another 10-part adaptation and broadcast. These two adaptations were carried out by Aubrey Woods and Ned Sherrin respectively. A 10-episode TV series was also made based on the last 3 books by Gerald Savory. Likewise, a few other TV and radio adaptations followed in the 1980s and early 2000s.

H.P. Lovecraft is a big fan of author Benson and has spoken highly of his works. Following the death of Benson, his Mapp and Lucia novels were continued by Guy Fraser-Sampson, Ian Shephard, and Tom Holt. Author Benson was believed to be a homosexual, but kept it intensely discreet. He had several romantic adventures with his fellow students at Cambridge, the most prominent one among them being with Vincent Yorke, father of Henry Yorke, the novelist. He had maintained friendships with many gay men in the later years of his life. Benson and John Ellingham Brooks lived in a villa for some time at Capri. Besides being an amazing novelist, Benson was also a good athlete. He represented his country in figure skating. The death of author Benson occurred on 29th February 1940 in London. He was suffering from throat cancer and took his last breath at London’s University College Hospital. Benson’s body now rests in the cemetery located at Rye, East Essex.

A successful novel series written by author E.F. Benson is known as the Mapp and Lucia series. It is comprised of seven books, released between 1920 and 1939. Every book of this series features the lead character in the form of Emmeline ‘Lucia’ Lucas. She lives in a small village called Riseholme in the United Kingdom. Other important characters mentioned in the novels by author Benson include Daisy Quantock, Georgie Pillson, Elizabeth Mapp, Captain Puffin, Major Benjy Flint, Diva Plaistow, etc. Author Benson has set the stories in the villages of Tilling and Riseholme and London, England. The debut book of this series is entitled ‘Queen Lucia’. It was first released in 1920 and then re-released by the Wildside Press in 2003.

This book opens by showing that Mrs. Lucas is a woman of class and taste. She commands Riseholme in almost all matters of importance. Georgie Pilson acts her right-hand man. He is a bachelor and is always seen giving company to Lucia. Georgie’s presence in Lucia’s house for long hours doesn’t bother her husband. With the help of Georgie, Lucia pretty much rules the village as its ‘Queen’. Later, Daisy Quantack’s Indian guru arrives in the village. This prompts Lucia to make sure that she utilizes the social currency of the guru in the village’s competitive world. She is quite particular about maintaining her status as the Riseholme’s Queen. Some of her subjects make occasional attempts to overthrow her. But, she always manages to not let them succeed in their plans. This humorous novel mocks class and status in many different ways. Benson has described his humor in an understated and subtle manner. The book surgically, lovingly captures the village life of England.

The second volume of this funny, humorous series is known as ‘Lucia in London’. It was originally published in 197 and re-published in 1999 by the Moyer Bell publication. This novel shows Emmeline Lucas aka Lucia taking up an extraordinary adventure in London. She looks to conquer her London-based new home and at the same time tries to keep her hold on Riseholme’s country mansions. When other villagers come to know about the desertation of Lucia for the city life, they become maddened and hurt. A few of them think of plotting revenge against her, but none of them seem to have the courage to stand against her. After inheriting the fashionable house in London’s Brompton Square, which belonged to her husband Peter’s deceased aunt, Lucia begins her mission to climb the ladder of status in the high profile society of London. To succeed in the mission, she incorporates a combination of smartness and intelligence. Lucia’s rising advances in London’s social circles causes the society to get divided into those who follow her and the ones who envy her.

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