Buy Used
£0.01
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Good | Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Ships from the UK within 24 hours. Your purchase supports authors through the Book Author Resale Right.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

A London Family, 1870-1900: A Trilogy - "London Child of the 1870's", "London Girl of the 1880's", "London Home of the 1890's" (Oxford letters & memoirs) Paperback – 17 Oct 1991

4.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
£72.17 £0.01
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.




Product details

  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New edition edition (17 Oct. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192828967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192828965
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 455,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
10
4 star
2
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 12 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
I first read these warm and bright autobiographies as a child, and as I read them Molly Hughes became one of my life-long heroines. I find her heroic not for any dramatic feats of derring do, but for quietly living her life well, a feat that life has shown me to be nowhere near as easy as it looks, and certainly much harder than trekking to the North Pole or climbing the Himalayas... As a child I looked up to her as an example of how I could try to live my life. And all these years later I still admire her and her humourous love of life intensely, and these books are dear companions of mine.
This volume contains the first three of her autobiographies: A London Child of the 1870s, A London Girl of the 1880s and A London Home of the 1890s. Molly Hughes had a great talent for telling a story well, for introducing the reader to characters and letting them tell us their own stories. Her great gift for writing elevates these books from the categories of social history or autobiography. Her experiences and observations of life and humanity are just as relevant today as they were a century ago and anyone interested in pondering These Great Questions should read her work. As should anyone who wants to curl up with a cup of tea and a book that will feel, on first reading, as if it were already an old friend...
Comment 15 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By A Customer on 12 Sept. 2001
Format: Paperback
I would also highly recommend this book. It is wonderfully revealing about Victorian family life and will also have you rolling in the aisles at certain things.... like (or did this come in the next sequel?) the moment when her husband forgets his most vital piece of equipment for their wedding night (you will have to read the book to find out what this is) or when her brother's name is translated into Latin as 'Tomato'....
2 Comments 11 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
These books are extensively quoted in Elizabeth David's book "English Bread and Yeast Cookery" and I've long wanted to read the three volumes. Never thought of looking on Amazon - silly me.

The extracts I've read are often funny and as the blurb says, Victorian life was obviously not as depressing as we are often led to believe!.
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I heard about this book through the recent Persephone catalogue and was intrigued enough to try and track down a copy for my mum who is very interested in such memoirs, but it was tooo expensive to purchase from Persephone, but luckily I managed to get a second-hand copy which I am very thrilled with, and is actually going to be a Christmas present this year.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Very evocative of the Victorian period written with great charm and naturalness. The third part of the trilogy concerns Mrs Hughes' career aspirations which I did not find so interesting but the earlier parts were absolute gems of observation and humour.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Molly Hughes, born 1867, grew up in Canonbury, Islington, the youngest child and only girl in a family of five. Father a stockbroker whose income fluctuated wildly; he died crossing a railway line in 1879 (the details are in Vivians). Molly's mother was her first teacher but Molly later entered the North London Collegiate School, at the time of Miss Buss, becoming a teacher and trainer in education at Bedford College. She later travelled to the USA and Canada representing Bedford College at a conference and married Arthur Hughes, a barrister. There is a short and poignant chapter about their daughter Bronwen who died from convulsions soon after her first birthday. Three sons followed but Arthur was killed in an accident. Despite all this (and the death of her mother and two of her brothers) Molly is always amazingly positive. Recommended.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse


Feedback