A Fortunate Grandchild - Miss ReadLondon: Michael Joseph, 1982, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Previous owners' name to the half-title page. The contents complete, clean and tight otherwise.
Includes: Line drawings; Black & white photographs (1); Illustrated lining papers;
From the cover: “Miss Read is so closely associated with the English countryside, in the minds of her many readers, that it may come as a surprise to learn that she was a London child until the age of seven.
During those early years, she was in almost daily contact with Grandma Read, her mother’s mother, who lived in a typical late Victorian house in Lewisham, which she shared with the three unmarried grown-up children of her large family.
Equally dear was her paternal grandmother, Grandma Shale, who lived at Walton-on-the-Naze in Essex where most of the family holidays were spent. The welcome there was somewhat overshadowed by Grandpa Shafe’s presence: his religious beliefs, of a fanatically narrow variety, would have cast more gloom if it had not been for the bubbling affection and good spirits of his wife.
Miss Read’s vivid memories of her two grandmothers and their families, their clothes, the furnishings of their homes, their likes and dislikes and the strong sense of family life, give an unforgettable picture of everyday living in the shadow of the 1914-18 war, seen through the eyes of a fortunate grandchild.”