Elizabeth of the Garret Theatre

Elizabeth of the Garret Theatre Also published under the title Those Verney Girls and under the title Stepmother Four sisters housekeep for their widowed father until he surprises them by bringing home a new wife

  • Title: Elizabeth of the Garret Theatre
  • Author: Gwendoline Courtney
  • ISBN: 9780001652033
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Also published under the title Those Verney Girls and under the title Stepmother.Four sisters housekeep for their widowed father until he surprises them by bringing home a new wife.

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    About " Gwendoline Courtney "

  • Gwendoline Courtney

    Born near Southampton in 1911, Gwendoline Courtney was the daughter of antiques dealer Edwin Courtney, and his wife Joanna She was distantly related to author and educator Arthur Mee, and first cousins with Phyllis Norris, who wrote a number of books for girls The family moved to Wallasey when Courtney was young, and she was educated at Oldershaw High School She worked for a time in her father s office, before joining Lord Goodman s staff, during WWII, and prided herself on being the only civilian to work on Operation Overlord After the deaths of their parents, Courtney and her two sisters lived together for the rest of their lives, moving from place to place Courtney had sustained an ear injury, during a bomb blast, that made quiet absolutely essential as the need arose She died in Shaftesbury, in 1996.Beginning with Torley Grange, published when when she was twenty four, Courtney produced thirteen book for young readers Her work fell out of favor during the 1960s, but she continued to write and lecture extensively She was very active in various societies related to her interests, such as the West Country Writers Association, the Cornish Cat Society, and the Salisbury Fencing Club She was also much involved in amateur theatricals, writing, producing and acting in plays.

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  • Another of Gwendoline Courtney's lovely feel-good books. Georgie, the youngest Verney, is hilarious, Nigel (the love-interest) is lovely and Elizabeth, the heroine, is engaging and likeable.


  • She was a popular girls writer in the 40s and 50s but fell out of favour and print in the 60s. Our grandparents stocked a bookcase with charity shop finds for us to read when we visited, and that's how I originally came to read this one in the early 90s. The title cropped up in a children's book dealer's list of recent acquisitions, and immediately jumped out at me. I am SO pleased I decided to order it - I could remember enjoying it, but had no idea how well it would stand up to being re-read. [...]


  • I had this book given to me way back in the early seventies and really enjoyed it - but gave it away with the callowness of youth. It was a great joy to find it on and get to read it again. Even bearing in mind it is set firmly in a time and place that seem a long way away now, and which I wasn't even a part of, could not dim the pleasure I got from reading it again. Georgie was, and remains, my favourite character - mainly because she was the nearest in age to me when I read it the first time. [...]


  • Read this to tatters as a teenager (in those days, the tiniest hint of a romance promoted a book from children's to YA). A lively story about a family of four girls, like "Little Women", also touching on the pains of growing up and conforming to social norms. But not so preachy and often hilarious.


  • The four Verney sisters all hated the idea of their father's second marriage, and Elizabeth particularly decided to make life as difficult as possible for her stepmother.



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