A Box for The Season: A Sporting Sketch, by Charles Clarke
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A Box for the Season is a collection of short, amusing tales, many with a sporting theme, where ‘sporting’ means fox-hunting, horse-racing and shooting. The style is one of gentle, nostalgic humour, reminiscent of Charles Dickens’s lighter work, such a The Pickwick Papers.
The jovial Tom Crackenthorpe is the hero of the book, and the titles of the stories include the likes of: A Little Tea-Party at the Vicarage, The Bachelors Ball,A Few New Acquaintances and A Chapter of Accidents.
Charles Clarke (1815–1870) was a Church of England clergyman; he wrote several novels and collections of stories in the 1860’s.