Reviewing for the i newspaper: the new Armistead Maupin

Mona of the Manor by Armistead Maupin

Tales of the City book 10

published 2024

Armistead Maupin wrote the much-beloved Tales of the City series in the 1980s and 1990s. Originally there were six books, featuring a group of friends in Barbary Lane in San Francisco. Then there was a long gap, then slowly he has been adding to the canon, each time saying 'this is the last book....'

Book number 10 comes out early in March: the action has moved to England, and the events take place in 1994.  

I have reviewed it for the i newspaper - you can see my review here: 

 Mona of the Manor by Armistead Maupin review: Like a letter from an old friend (

There is a limit to how many articles you can access on the newspaper's website each month, but you may be able to read it in this photo:

I am a long-time fan of the books, and they have featured several times on the blog, including a post on the previous entryThe Days of Anna Madrigal


  1. Excellent review as always, Moira. These stories remind me just a bit of Alexander McCall Smith's 44 Scotland Street series in the way the characters' lives move along and intersect. Or perhaps that's just me.

    1. Oh that's a very good comparison, and one I hadn't thought of! It's a good idea for a novelist - a house where very varied people can live together gives lots of possibilities for stories.


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