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This review is from: Hancox: A House And A Family (Hardcover)
Loved this book! The narrative combines all the building excitement of a novel with much subtly-observed history of the Victorian and Edwardian (and later) periods. Charlotte Moore is a wonderful writer who tells a story with a lightness of touch, clear sparkling intelligence that imparts knowledge and insight without ever making one feel ignorant, and such good humour. She manages to be at the same time both personal and detached in telling a tale that is sometimes unpalatable, sometimes heartbreaking, always fascinating. Among the cast are impossible Aunt Nannie, magisterial 'NM' (Charlotte's great-grandfather Norman) and her father's cousin Gillachrist, with whom it is difficult not to fall a little bit in love and who... but that would be telling.
I smiled and laughed and cried into the pages of this book as the touching human story unfolded. I also very much enjoyed the author's 21st-century observations, where with the benefit of our knowledge of modern medicine and autism, for example, she suggests solutions to conundrums about her 'characters' (ie her relatives) behaviour in times past. Best of all is the strong sense of place - the folds of the magical East Sussex countryside where Hancox sits, as well as the house's setting in the continuity of the seasons and social life of its location. Hancox has stood for hundreds of years and may it survive for hundreds more, containing within its walls the lives of members of the vibrant Moore family.