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Cheerful Weather for the Wedding

by Julia Strachey
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37 38 39

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ISBN 9781903155271

'A very cute, clever, indeed rather remarkable acidulated story... I think it is astonishingly good - complete and sharp and individual.'

- Virginia Woolf

This slim, sardonic and beautifully written novella by a niece of Lytton Strachey's was first published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press in 1932. 'As delightful and perceptive today as it no doubt was seventy years ago: on her wedding day a girl knows she is about to make a serious mistake' (The Bookseller). The overall effect of the book is very funny in a Forsterian manner, with Dolly Thatcham, the bride-to-be in Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, being out of the same stable as Lucy Honeychurch in A Room with a View and both the mothers, Mrs Thatcham and Mrs Honeychurch, sharing many appalling similarities. 'A brilliant, bittersweet upstairs-downstairs comedy' wrote Shena Mackay in the Guardian.

Also available as a Persephone Classic and a Persephone Audiobook read by Miriam Margolyes.


The endpapers are a 1932 design for a printed dress fabric by Madeleine Lawrence.

Picture Caption

Julia Strachey by Ray Strachey, painted c.1925-35 at the time she was writing Cheerful Weather for the Wedding © NPG

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