As an avid and thorough reader of Angela Thirkell, I've often tried to sketch out family trees for the beautifully braided relationships in her Barsetshire books. And always failed, sometimes merely for lack of paper. But Barbara Burrell has done it with Angela Thirkell's World, in the only way it could be done: alphabetically. This is an essential resource for all Thirkellians with two minor caveats: one, be careful not to read beyond yourself (this makes sense when you see how Burrell's organized) or you'll discover who marries whom, etc., in upcoming books. Not that this really spoils the book, as Thirkell's delight is in her language, not her suspense. And, two, she might have listed houses as well as people, to remind us, for example, who lives at Rushwater.
But her task was Herculean and the result is truly wonderful, so I don't cavil.
Angela Thirkell's World lives on my nightstand, along with the current Thirkell of choice, and I refer to it often.