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Against All Advice - Cecilia Bevan

Parsonage Press, 1984, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges with a faint coffee-cup mark to the upper panel.

Signed by the author on the first blank — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Illustrated with black and white photographs with a geneology to the last blank and rear pastedown. From the cover: “Here is the autobiography of Cecilia Bevan, always known as Mollie. She is mother of the fourteen children who, with their father Roger as Director, have made the Bevan Family Choir famous all through the West Country and further afield. Mollie gives us an account, full of entertainment, wit and wisdom, of the nowadays almost unknown experience of bringing up such an enormous family, which is all the more unusual for its wonderful musical talent. But Mollie introduces us first to her own childhood, with vivid and touching memories of a nomadic life with her widowed mother and her brothers till they settled in Shropshire. She describes her haphazard Catholic schooling, ending at fourteen and then her strenuous training in domestic hard work which has served her in good stead ever since. Mollie was nine when she first met her fourteen-year-old cousin Roger, eldest son of Archdeacon Bevan. Already passionately interested in music, Roger was intending to go into the Church. But after Cambridge he too became a Catholic and in 1943 they married. After war-time separation, Mollie and Roger ran their own school in Montgomeryshire. In 1953 Roger became Musical Director at Downside School, and they have lived in Somerset ever since. The delights and sorrows of their family life in the Mendip village of Croscombe, with geese, goats, a cow, and and the all-pervading atmosphere of music, make fascinating reading, both stimulating and funny.”
Size: 8¾" x 5¾"
Number of Pages: 200
ISBN: 0950971901

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