1983 "First American Edition" stated on copyright page; illustrated by Derek Crowe; Houghton Mifflin Company publishers, Boston; smaller hardbound in burgundy textured boards with gilt lettering along spine; very good condition with unmarked pages; dust jacket very good.
The popular British novelist discusses her childhood and her visits to her two grandmothers in a biographical celebration of life in an English village.
A teensy gathering of reminiscences by the prolific author of English-village novels (the ""Thrush Green"" series). ""Miss Read,"" apparently born just a little before the Great War, first recalls her maternal grandmother and her London household of unmarried offspring: Aunt Jess, housekeeper, general dogsbody, and dressmaker (if licked, ""a delicious substance called, I believe, tailor's chalk. . . clung to one's lips rather disconcertingly""); bossy Aunt Rose; and Uncle Harry, a diminutive, ""dreamily abstracted"" fellow whose two interests in life were the YMCA and ""some sect which believed the future was foretold by the hieroglyphics on the Pyramids."" Then, after a room-by-room evocation of this grandmother's house (and the casual information that she took poison to end her life at 76, fearing she might become a ""burden""), Miss Read moves on to her paternal grandmother--a heartier, more humorous sort with an unpleasant, righteous husband. (Why did she marry him? ""Well, dear, you see, I wasn't very happy at home."") With a few childhood excursions and lots of little period details: a wee, fragmentary memory-book, almost exclusively for Miss Read aficionados.