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.