on 15 June 2009
What a gem of a book!! Although Thomas is the noted author and historian it is his wife Jane who makes this book well worth reading. It details their move into London Society from the depths of wild, barren Scotland where the pair hail from in 1834. From the start it is a recipe for disaster as the pair struggle to cope with the noise and the neighbours!!"Plus ca change....!!"
Many times Thomas has to abandon his home in order to get some peace and quiet and when the builders move in one almost feels for the couple when no less than NINE times do the various builders end up through the ceiling!
This book is a must! Modern day readers will find much to compare and Jane's turn of phrase will make you LOL!!!!
on 11 June 2015
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was such a slice of social history. And poor Jane, I am not surprised she suffered ill health, between caring for her husband and coping with the servants she really had a hard time. He seemed to be more like the child she never had the way that she cared for him, sorted all his problems and supervised his diet. I loved the way she wrote to him regarding a rise in her housekeeping. Most interesting and well worth reading.