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A novel about a happy, successful, middle-class, pre-far family, and the disintegration and devastation that the Second World War brought on.

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A novel about a happy, successful, middle-class, pre-far family, and the disintegration and devastation that the Second World War brought on.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781906462086
  • Publisher: Persephone Books
  • Publication date: 12/31/2009
  • Series: Persephone Classics
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 497,608
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Noel Streatfeild, born 1895, was one of the daughters of the Bishop of Lewes and a great-granddaughter of the prison reformer Elizabeth Fry. She was unmarried and led a busy London literary life and had written over eighty books by the time of her death in 1986. Jeremy Holmes is a noted psychiatrist and psychotherapist with an international reputation.

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  • Posted June 22, 2013

    Classy example of classic mid-20th century English writing

    Set in England of WWII a Regent's Park family is slowly disintregated by the changes imposed by London bombing, war stress, deaths, society changes and their own personalities. The 4 children are impacted differently but the plot tends to highlight certian stereotypical responses to stress in childhood. The adults while seeming to represent stereotypes still seem well developed and can elicit a reader response of likability or dislike. This book was the selection for June 2013 at my book club, we read only female authors and selections that illustrate women's lives/challenges/time periods. This book has numerous women characters reacting/responding to the war time period. These Persephone Classics Series are well made books and tend to be unique books from a certian time period. This author is well known for her young people novels that also feature young girls making choices. Based on this adult novel I have read a couple of her youth books.

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