At last they meet – the two most formidable ladies in English literature collide in genteel and deadly enmity. Lucia shakes the dust of Riseholme from her elegant feet and, with Georgie Pilson as devoted courtier, prepares to conquer the high society of Tilling. And Miss Mapp, her features corrugated by chronic rage and curiosity, can only prepare to defend her position as doyenne of Tilling. The town is split in an exciting and scintillating war of garden parties, bridge evenings and staggeringly simple little dinners. Mapp and Lucia is the fourth of the Lucia novels, a chronicle of life in two English country towns described with malicious delicacy and wit.