H. Frank Smith

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 85% (11 of 13)
 

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Mango And Mimosa by Suzanne Marie Adele Beauclerk St.Albans
Mango And Mimosa by Suzanne Marie Adele Beauclerk St.Albans
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mango and Mimosa, 3 Feb 2003
Amazing childhood, amazing life! The author's father was a rubber planter in Malaya but very remote and seemingly unwilling to spend much time with his family. She did however spend periods in Malaya and the family's ramshackle bungalow and its various livestock are vividly portrayed.
On long leave, he established a household near Vence in the South of France where he left the family very much to their own devices. Her mother had to bring up her young brood there, which she did largely by the excellent device of letting them bring themselves up. They became very independent in the process. The author's descriptions of of life in Provence and in various holiday homes on the south… Read more
Out in the Midday Sun: The British in Malaya 1880-&hellip by Margaret Shennan
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Malaya's Midday Sun, 10 Oct 2002
This is a scholarly work but it should attract many general readers. The author writes about a country she knows: she was spent her childhood in Malaya where her father worked from 1926 to 1953. (She earlier published her account of her Malayan childhood under the title of Missee.) She employs a limpid, easy style and relies a lot on the approach of menu peuple: there are many private-life details to set off the historical account and the bibliography and notes show that a huge range of personal sources has been used. In addition, readers with experience of the country during the later colonial period are likely to have known some of the personalities mentioned, such as Jimmy Hislop… Read more
Out in the Midday Sun: The British in Malaya 1880-&hellip by Margaret Shennan
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Out In The Midday Sun, 9 Oct 2002
This is a scholarly work but it should attract many general readers. The author writes about a country she knows: she was spent her childhood in Malaya where her father worked from 1926 to 1953. (She earlier published her account of her Malayan childhood under the title of "Missee".) She employs a limpid, easy style and relies a lot on the approach of "menu peuple": there are many private-life details to set off the historical account and the bibliography and notes show that a huge range of personal sources has been used. In addition, readers with experience of the country during the later colonial period are likely to have known some of the personalities mentioned, such as Jimmy Hislop… Read more