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Orphaned at an early age, raised by his aunt and uncle, and apprenticed for seven years to a draper, Artie Kipps is stunned to discover upon reading a newspaper advertisement that he is the grandson of a wealthy gentleman - and the inheritor of his fortune. Thrown dramatically into the upper classes, he struggles desperately to learn the etiquette and rules of polite society. But as he soon discovers, becoming a 'true gentleman' is neither as easy nor as desirable as it at first appears.

©2012 H.G. Wells (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Good Social History

First, I thought the book very well narrated. The story isn't especially engrossing but it is an excellent source of social history. The book reminded me of Orwell's 'Coming Up for Air' in that it just ambles along and when you've finished you can't really put together what is was about. What is left however, as with Orwell, is both a sensory impression of that particular historical period and an acquaintance with some interesting characters. While I probably won't listen to it again I am drawn to listen to Wells' 'The History of Mr Polly'. Because of the gentle pace of the narrative, 'Kipps' is perfect bedside listening!