A London Family Between the Wars

A London Family Between the Wars

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This humorous account of a family growing up in the rural environs of London in the 1920s and 1930s is a sequel to Molly Hughes's autobiographical trilogy, "A London Child of the 1870s", "A London Girl of the 1880s" and "A London Home in the 1890s". The book takes up the story of Molly as a widow, with very little money and three sons to educate. On the strength of her teaching experience, she becomes a schools inspector and examiner - a job which provides a rich source for anecdote. She moves her family to Cuffley, then an unspoilt rural village 15 miles from Kings Cross. Born and bred a Londoner, she is elated to find that, incredibly, the garden of their first house affords a view of St Paul's. The amenities of Cuffley are few, but hold charm for the modern reader. "The Times" arrives by bicycle; necessities, from sugar to doormats, can be bought from a hawker with a pony-cart; and telephone calls are made from a local farmhouse. The story that unfolds is an undramatic one about ordinary people. There are adventures, but of the homely kind - an evening at the "talkies", the move to a new house, the excitement of the first grandchild.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 188 pages
  • 129.54 x 190.5 x 17.78mm | 181.44g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New ed of 1940 ed
  • 0192812777
  • 9780192812773

Table of contents

A Greek gift; visitors, work and play, religious activities, a new venture; settling in; new neighbours; what I did; outside events; comings and goings; another venture; sudden excursions; living alone; new-comers.
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