Bertie, May and Mrs Fish: Country Memories of Wartime - Xandra BingleyHarperCollins, 2005, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper. Price Clipped.
Reprint. Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Bertie, May and Mrs Fish is Xandra Bingley’s captivating account of her early years on a Cotswold hill farm, set against the backdrop of the Second World War and its aftermath. The author’s mother, the elegant and remarkably hardy May, turns from a sparkling debutante and horsewoman into a farmer while Xandra’s father, Bertie, is away at war. Isolated by landscape, farmyards and a thousand acres, Xandra is an only child among animals, farm workers, land girls and prisoners of war as the certainties of Christianity and 1930s upper-class values disappear. This book captures the essence of a country childhood and, obliquely through a young girl’s eyes and ears, the complicated, often harsh, adult world surrounding her. Xandra Bingley’s acute observation, and her emotional, sensual descriptive gift for place, people, sound and touch make this a brilliantly authentic and evocative portrait.”