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A unique collection of memories
on 3 April 2006
Whenever I thought of the Edwardian era, the images I had tended to be of the genteel world of Upstairs, Downstairs, or of the supremely wealthy first class victims of the Titanic. Yet this amazing book immediately dismissed those ridiculously limited ideas. For here are the real Edwardians, in their own words, and what comes across most strongly is that their lives were, by and large, ones of hard labour and early death, of few pleasures and grinding, relentless, poverty. I was amazed at their descriptions - the conditions they lived in seemed more relevant to the eighteenth century than the twentieth. Max Arthur has chosen the accounts for maximum impact - and what an impact they have. An immensely moving read, I can recommend it highly - not just to those with an interest in social history, but to anyone curious to know how their near ancestors lived.