At My Mother's Knee - Bridget BolandLondon, Sydney & Toronto: The Bodley Head, 1978, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little faded with the price clipped. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block.
Contains: Black & white photographs;
From the cover: “This delightful book is a composite picture of several childhoods. Intending to write about her own upbringing as one of six blissfully happy children in England and France in the ‘twenties, Bridget Boland soon found herself reflecting that all the people who had been most important to her as a child had been formed in turn by their own unusual childhood experiences: her mother had been a lonely, nomadic little girl on the continent in the ‘eighties, following with a blind mother in the wake of a highly eccentric father in his pursuit of Art; Bridget’s father had grown up as one of a huge family in the household of a Catholic bishop in Dublin in the ‘seventies before drifting through student days in Oxford and Bonn into a dedicated life as an Irish MP at Westminster; her godmother, another potent influence, had been brought up in the 1860’s as the ward of a French aristocrat, shuttling with him between the houses of his wife and his many mistresses.
Through the book pass a host of other entertaining and eccentric characters who helped to form the author’s childhood idea of the world: an unsuccessful secret agent from Roumania; a godfather who smuggled Abdul-Hamid’s favourite wife out of Constantinople; Great Aunt Fanny Quirk, who was pursued by an International Gang; and many more.
Distilling this rich brew of experience into the elements of a liberal education was the author’s enchanting mother. Surely few can have had such a fortunate childhood as Bridget Boland, or described those who peopled it with such infectious love and appreciation.”