Well, I do know why I waited. I wanted to buy the Persephone edition but the cost has made me hesitate. But now there is an affordable version for the Kindle and that is where I read it. I'd rather have a paper copy of this and perhaps one day I'll spring for the Persephone book (with bookmark!) Meanwhile I have also acquired Miss Buncle Married for my Kindle and have an interlibrary loan request in for The Two Mrs Abbotts, the third book in the Buncle trilogy.
This story is clever. The year is approximately 1930 and Miss Buncle, like so many others, has found her small income from investments declining until it is now nearly gone. She must acquire some money. Being a bit unsophisticated, Miss Buncle decides the best way is to write a novel, oblivious of the difficulty getting a novel published even in 1930.
In her book the characters based very closely on her neighbors. There is the retired army officer who likes the lady who lives across the way (who likes him very much in return), but whom he has not thought of in terms of marriage. There's the warm-hearted, competent doctor who doesn't put up with hypochondriacs.
And then there are the not-so-nice people in town. The lady of the manor who started out as a chorus girl and now is very much above the rest of the village and whose husband is henpecked. There is the author who is such a tyrant he makes his wife very unhappy and his children are afraid of him.
The publisher to whom Miss Buncle submits her book loves it. He is delighted with Miss Buncle herself also. She signs a contract and the book is issued -- and then the fun begins as the people of the little village of Silverstream recognize themselves and become irate as they attempt to discover who among them has written this book, which to them is horrible, libelous, scandalous.
D E Stevenson wrote more than 40 novels. She was a member of the Lighthouse Stevensons family in Scotland and married to an officer in the Ghurkha Rifles and traveled about the world with her husband and family. Her other famous book is Mrs Tim of the Regiment.