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Books set in 40s/50s


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In reply to an earlier post on 28 Sep 2009 17:39:41 BDT
Alice Niven says:
The Slaves of Solitude by Patrick Hamilton

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Sep 2009 17:56:26 BDT
O. Gore says:
Try Barbara Pym's 'Excellent Women' set in suburban early 50's London
Barbara Comyns' 'Our Spoons came from Woolworths', set in 40's and 50's London and countryside
Andrew Taylor has written a very good crime series set in early 50's, full of authentic and convincing period detail, starting with 'An Air that Kills'.

Posted on 28 Sep 2009 19:37:15 BDT
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Posted on 28 Sep 2009 20:19:09 BDT
T. Barker says:
Housewife 49 and Angela's Ashes for documentation of life at that time, and it has to be Agatha Christie' Miss Marple and Poirot for the nostalgia of the time, even though I wasn't born !

Posted on 22 Jan 2010 13:10:49 GMT
Mrs Pandy says:
Try almost anything by Dorothy Whipple. She writes beautifully.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2010 15:14:05 GMT
ajk77 says:
H E Bates: A Moment in Time
Nicholas Monsarrat: the Cruel Sea
Nevil Shute: No Highway, and indeed most of his other books are of this period though some in Aus and US of course
the crime stories of Patricia Wentworth (a bit lowbrow)

Posted on 22 Jan 2010 15:15:29 GMT
ajk77 says:
and in non-fiction do look at 'I Bought a Mountain' by Thomas Firbank

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2012 15:06:45 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2012 21:19:39 GMT
monica says:
Bless you, Rachel, but he's had two years to get over your click. (Click a second time and your first click will be undone.) Interesting to know that these defunct threads are being browsed and heartening to know that there are people curious enough about books to browse them . . .

Posted on 29 Feb 2012 01:37:11 GMT
Jacquie says:
I'm checking some of the older threads from the US. I loved the Elizabeth Jane Howard and the Cazalet books. I recently read a bio of EJH. She had an interesting life. I think it may be time to reread some of these.

I've picked up some good ideas here. I've previously been reading "between the wars" time period in England, but this is an interesting period as well. I was born during the war (1943), but I can remember the 50's!

Posted on 8 Mar 2012 23:49:50 GMT
Petra says:
Have you read any of Lilian Harry's books which are based around this era, also I think if you like the Cazalet books Elizabeth Elgin's books are all excellent and even Denise Roberts is also good.

Posted on 14 Mar 2012 18:21:53 GMT
ajk77 says:
40s
HE Bates: A Moment in Time
40s-50s
Graham Greene: the End of the Affair, the Third Man, etc.
Kazuo Ishiguro: the Remains of the Day
Nevil Shute: A Town like Alice (UK/Burma/Aus), No Highway, etc
50s
Doris Lessing: the Golden Notebook
Alan Sillitoe: Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
Keith Waterhouse: Billy Liar

Posted on 14 Mar 2012 21:13:44 GMT
Oracle says:
Brighton Rock Graham Greene
The Night Watch Sarah Waters

Posted on 14 Aug 2012 19:24:06 BDT
BlueHippo says:
It's set in America, but it is a breathtaking classic novel - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. Compelling, unforgettable and charming, I'm sure anybody would love this read. Also Goodnight Mr Tom is a classical WW2 read. Also the Book Thief is a fantastic WW2 novel, although again not set in Britain, it is amazing, so please do read it!

Posted on 29 Aug 2015 10:44:28 BDT
Emma Taylor says:
Fay's War *** NUMBER 1 BOOK ***
Fay's War by Rosalie Simons - really great novel set in 1940s London

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Aug 2015 12:44:47 BDT
LEP says:
Did you want autobiographies in particular like Call the Midwife, because most of mine aren't.

Outcast Child - Kitty Neale
Love letters in the Sand: A Family Saga set in 1950's Liverpool - June Francis
A Penny a Day - Lilian Harry
To Set my Feet A-Dancing - Allie Sommerwille
It's Now or Never - A Saga set in 1950's Liverpool - June Francis

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Aug 2015 12:48:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Aug 2015 13:20:26 BDT
LEP says:
A Town Like Alice is set primarily during the 2nd WW and not in Britain. Very good book however.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Aug 2015 13:18:35 BDT
LEP says:
Bombsites and Lollipops - My 1950's East End Childhood - Jacky Hyams
Birmingham Girls - Carol Arnall
A 1950's Childhood: From Tin Baths to Bread and Dripping - Paul Feeney
Pie 'n' Mash and Prefabs - My 1950's Childhood - Norman Jacobs
Telling Tales: Growing Up on a Highland Farm - Jane Yeadon
Dairy Cows and Duck Races: A Northumbrian Farmer Remembers - Philip Dixon

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jan 2016 18:24:54 GMT
LEP says:
I think that some of Monica Dickens books e.g. My Turn to Make the Tea, are set during this period.
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