Author: F Anstey Publish: December 12, 2008 Page: 415 pages Language: English Format EBook: PDF Review: “The Giant’s Robe” is a Novel from Thomas Anstey Guthrie. Novelist and journalist, who wrote his comic novels under the pseudonym F. Anstey (1856-1934). Mark Ashburn is a young teacher at St. Peter’s Public School for boys, although he isn’t particularly fond of boys. His dream is to make his name in the literary world but mediocrity and rejection meet him at every turn. Dejected, he meets up with Vincent, an old friend, who is about to travel to his father’s plantation in Ceylon and asks a favor of Mark. Mark makes a rash promise to help, never suspecting anything would ever be required of him. Backed into a corner, he makes a decision that affects his and others’ lives forever.
Author: F Anstey Publish: March 31, 2009 Page: 320 pages Language: English Format EBook: PDF Review: Satiric comedy from 1915 about a nouveau riche British family and their nanny who get whisked off to Maerchenland (‘the land of Fairy Tales’) one evening in a car drawn by storks. The matron of the family, a thorough snob, is crowned Queen of the country by mistake. She is quick to accept her new position and is determined to introduce British social niceties in her realm. And this really is the land of Fairy Tales, with gnomes, giants, a dragon, magic, a fairy godmother and more. Trouble quickly starts to brew as the royal couple and their son introduce things like capitalism and golf. When gradually a few people find out who should actually have been the new ruler, things get more and more complicated. A bit of romance is thrown into this mixture as well. You’ll have to listen to find out whether everyone lives happily ever after. In the preface and epilogue, the author won’t let his audience forget the troubled times in the real world, in the heat of World War I. (Summary by Anna Simon)