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on 27 March 2002
This is my desert-island book. Lesley Lewis tells how her memories of family life at her home in Essex from 1912 to 1939 reveal a lifestyle lost to present generations but fascinating to read; she takes us through the house, through the gardens, taking each room or area as a prompt to detail life as it was led at the time, lost to view now, as distant as any history of earlier centuries but far, far more riveting. My copy falls apart through re-reading. If you like history, family life, "how it felt to live like this", what life in a minor country house in England was like so relatively recently, do try this.
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on 21 November 2013
A book with lots of specific detail about one house that can then give a good idea about life in similar houses at that time. Lesley Lewis has excellent recall of items available and events that happened in a 'bygone' era. A room by room tour of artifacts and lifestyle....a fascinating read for those curious about smaller country houses and the life within.
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on 23 April 2015
so very interesting
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on 7 April 2013
I think I would have liked it more had the book been correctly bound.
A bunch of pages was doubled up and the correct bundle was missing so that pages numbered 75 to 102 were duplicated.
A pity, because otherwise it read well.
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