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Thanks for sharing these! I love seeing what day-to-day life was like in other times, especially the food and clothes.


Sounds like a really interesting introduction. I myself like to read both the introductions and afterwords or acknowledgements before I start reading the actual story.



Oh, what a delicious book! There's a recipe for Queen of Puddings in the English Country Cookbook that I bought recently, such great names for dishes. Thanks for another splendid review and giving me more authors to seek out in second-hand bookshops.


Your post has me very intrigued. I love this type of book and may have to add it to the TBR list!

I'd love a dress and travel allowance, wouldn't you?

Dorothy W.

The information about naming appeared in Henry Green as well, that the butler always takes on some other name, just so the owners don't have to remember his actual name. Quite an obvious display of power, right? It's pretty unbelievable, really. This sounds like an interesting book!


Rebecca--It is interesting. Her introduction was fascinating and I barely shared much of what she wrote! Too bad she didn't write her memoirs!
Tiina--Sometimes I like to read the intros, etc before, but if they seem to give away the plot, I like to wait until after I've read the story. If they don't give too much away, they can be nice to read in advance to get a flavor for the story. In this case I'm glad I read it before I got too far into the book!
Darlene--I think you might like her very much--she wrote all through the 20s-50s and then didn't write for something like thirty years and then a few more books were released. Two Days in Aragon was excellent. I'm enjoying this, but it doesn't have quite the same sophistication of story--still it's very impressive for someone so young! And you should hopefully be able to find her second hand (mine all are used copies).
Debby--I would love a dress and travel allowance. It's too bad some things have disappeared! :) I've enjoyed what I've read by her--if you come across any of her books I think they're worth snapping up.
Dorothy--I really do need to read the Green book! I find this period so interesting, but how servants were treated is nothing short of appalling! I think Edwardian 'masters' had no inkling what the lives of their servants were like--they must have been nonentities--just there to serve! It's no wonder this way of life came to a crashing end! Still, interesting to read about.


That was fascinating. There must be a load of fiction and non-fiction from that era that would give more information but for the life of me I can't think of anything... and am wishing I could.


Wonderful! I love all that sort of thing, too.


I've never read any Molly Keane - she sounds like an author I would like - must see what's in our Library.

I must admit, I think I could do with a more structured approach to my reading. At the moment I go to our Library once every 3 weeks and go strait to the 'New In' section and tend to choose what I fancy from there!! I've read some great books that way, including one I think you would like yourself, knowing how much you like Daphne du Maurier.

It's called Daphne by Justine Picardie published by Bloomsbury and is based on Daphne's research into Branwell Bronte. The cover says: 'An intelligent, absorbing mystery story, a real tour de force all bookworms will love'. I enjoyed it.


What a fantastic introduction! it makes me really want to read the book! Can't wait to hear more about it.


I have a few Molly Keane books, but not this one. The introduction sounds amazing so I'll be looking forward to you writing more about this one.


Wow, I will have to check her out. It would be interesting to compare her with some of Elizabeth Bowen's work...


I read Keane's "Time After Time" earlier in the year and thought it quite hilarious. I read it when I was holidaying in an area of Ireland that had been a stronghold of the Anglo-Irish, so it felt quite appropriate to read it there.


What a great post. Thanks for sharing this. My undergrad degree is in history, and I was especially interested in women's history during this period. This is exactly the type of thing I just can't get enough of. I hope the book is as good as the introduction. :)


Cath--This would be another good subject for a list, wouldn't it!
Cornflower--It's so interesting reading about how people lived--life is so very different now. Thank goodness for books like these as a reminder.
Miriam--I am trying to keep my library books in check this summer. I still plan on borrowing, but only a very few at a time, so I can concentrate on my own books for a while! And I have the Picardie book--yet another reminder that I really need to get it out and read it. It does sound right up my alley!
Stefanie--I'm only about a third of the way into it, but so far I'm enjoying it. Am very surprised that someone so young wrote it!
Tara--I was expecting something very different from the intro, but I completely enjoyed reading about her life as a young girl. I'm going to try and stay on task with this project and read through her work (even if it takes me a while to do so.
Maire--I've read a couple of Elizabeth Bowen's books, and they are both similar in that they are Anglo-Irish, but I haven't read the books close enough together really to be able to compare. Bowen does have a memoir about the her family home in Ireland which I would like to read.
Kimbofo--She seems like a perfect author to read while actually in Ireland! When I was in Ireland I remember all the dacaying castles that dotted the landscape and wonder now if any of them were great houses that were burned down during this period. I like reading an author who is writing about a time and place she was so intimate with. Can't wait to read that Keane title, by the way.
Lisa--The intro is good. It's more a matter of setting the stage for the story. It will be interesting reading her work as a whole and getting an a good idea of what life was like. And I agree that women's history from this period (in general really) is fascinating--I need to read more of it!

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