- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Persephone Books Ltd (22 Sept. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1903155576
- ISBN-13: 978-1903155578
- Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.6 x 19.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Fortnight in September Paperback – 22 Sep 2006
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The family's holiday and all their feelings and thoughts - the excitement of the night before, the journey, arrival, the way time flies yet seems to pass so slowly, is one that is probably shared by most holiday makers, regardless that this book was written over 70 years ago. In that sense it is timeless, because as we see each family members' reflections, I often felt they were voicing my own thoughts and feelings. The Spectator, which reviewed it when it was first published, put it better than I could myself - 'there is more simple understanding and human kindess in this book than anything I have read in years'.
The Stevens family are ordinary people, living small lives, making the most of small pleasures like a flagon of ginger beer and hard-won achievements (being able to afford a better class of beach hut, a third-rate private school for their sons). They look forward to their holiday all year and enjoy it all the more for that (how puzzled they would be by the instant gratification of credit cards). Their ambitions are so unassuming that we ache for Mr Stevens when he is passed over for promotion at work, and realises that he will never be more than a clerk in a humdrum job. (What fear there was in those days of losing a job or getting a 'black mark' against one's name.) We ache for 17-year-old Dick, who feels trapped in the 'job for life' that his father has arranged for him. This is a book full of kindness and family loyalty ... Mr Stevens winces when his wife drops an aitch, and wonders wistfully why she has never been more socially adept ... but he loves her and accepts her for herself. The family have returned to the same lodgings every year since the parents' honeymoon; too shabby be comfortable now but they couldn't let down the landlady now she is struggling.
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Very pleasant novel of an England long since lost. Although I grew up as a child in the fifties I could still relate to those B&B holidays on the coast. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Jim Harrison
Lovely book about a family holiday in the fifties. Another world not all will recognise. Utterly charming.Published 28 days ago by Hayley Warren
An interesting insight into everyday life not so long ago - very different expectations from today. But a bit of a tedious read and kindle version had numerous typing errors.Published 1 month ago by B A WHITBREAD
This was a Christmas present, it didn't look like the illustration as it had no dust jacket but the recipient seemed quite pleased.Published 1 month ago by Crebes
Just finished reading this delightful novel from 1931, set in Bognor Regis. Heartily recommend it. An endearing but quite uncomplicated account of a suburban South London family... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael Bully
One of the loveliest books I have read in a long time.Published 6 months ago by Book Club/General Gifts
A wonderfully simple book about Mr & Mrs Ordinary and his family on a seaside holiday during the inter war years. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sam from Manchester