Social Stations

Susannah Clapp

  • Edwardian Childhoods by Thea Thompson
    Routledge, 232 pp, £9.75, February 1981, ISBN 0 7100 0676 4

This book contains the memories of nine old people. Asked by a number of interviewers to talk about their childhoods in England before the First World War, they offer notes on families, schools and factories, on nursery teas and crocheting and ringworm. They talk a little about their feelings, less about their fantasies. Collected together to make a bag of recollections, their observations are presented less as life-histories than as a means of becoming acquainted with the conditions of a generation – a generation which, as one contributor points out, ‘was pretty well wiped out’.

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