This is an unusual book and therefore hard to cateogrise. Lydia a divorced woman in her 40's has a passion for family history, not her own, instead she sets herself a puzzle by bidding for a lot of albums at an auction. Once she has taken the box she finds photo albums, postcards and ledgers filled with notes and sets about finding someone to inherit these items and along with all the facts she finds out along the way.
Following Lydia's trail as someone interested in family history was a joy, for me it is the stories behind the names that tantalise me, and this book drip feeds the information in a way that truly imitates the sudden falling into place when the right pieces of the puzzle fit together, along with the stubborn brick walls when there seems no way to go any further.
The writing in the ledger was appears only to have come from experience so painfully and honestly did the writer illustrate their despair, a talented piece of writing indeed.
The book slowly builds up the picture of the people pictured at Lowlands, the writing in the ledger is a little more ambiguous and difficult to solve, like real life, sometimes it depends on your viewpoint to what the truth behind the lives really were. In modern day life Lydia makes some friends, some perhaps who will become more than friends and begins to live life in the present as well as the past.
'This mix of superb research and writing credentials make the book a winner' * Your Family Tree * "An intriguing and enjoyable read.... a well-crafted exposition of the process of discovering family history" -- Katie Paxton-Doggett * Oxford Journal *
About the Author
DJ Wiseman has lived and worked in Oxfordshire since 1973. For the last 20 years he has had a passionate interest in genealogy, discovering his family scattered around the globe. He has travelled as far as Vancouver to find his grandfather's 'other' family - and written about his experiences for a national magazine.