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Life With Lisa by Sybil Burr

Burr's book was first published in 1958 but, despite being - as the opening lines alone, I think, show - a deft, funny and vividly-rendered account of a year in the life of a natural Optimist if not Beauty, it has failed to endure in the collective consciousness. I have met few others who have read it, and I have found no mention of it in any history of children's books. LUCY MANGAN

As an Amazon search will reveal, therew was a sequel, Leave It To Lisa.

The book was apparently adapted for Radio 4 in 2003 (five episodes, 8 September-12 September).

A quick check of my own sources corroborates Lucy Mangan's assertion that the book has so far gone unmentioned in the standard reference works. If any ACHUKA readers know better, please add the details in a comment.

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