A London Family Between The Wars

A London Family Between The Wars

Molly Hughes / Apr 04, 2020

A London Family Between The Wars This humorous account of a family growing up in the rural environs of London in the s and s is a sequel to Molly Hughes s autobiographical trilogy A London Child of the s A London Girl

  • Title: A London Family Between The Wars
  • Author: Molly Hughes
  • ISBN: 9780192812773
  • Page: 232
  • Format: Paperback
  • This humorous account of a family growing up in the rural environs of London in the 1920s and 1930s is a sequel to Molly Hughes s autobiographical trilogy, A London Child of the 1870s , A London Girl of the 1880s and A London Home in the 1890s The book takes up the story of Molly with very little money and three sons to educate On the strength of her teaching experiThis humorous account of a family growing up in the rural environs of London in the 1920s and 1930s is a sequel to Molly Hughes s autobiographical trilogy, A London Child of the 1870s , A London Girl of the 1880s and A London Home in the 1890s The book takes up the story of Molly with very little money and three sons to educate On the strength of her teaching experience, she becomes a schools inspector and examiner a job which provides a rich source for anecdote She moves her family to Cuffley, then an unspoilt rural village 15 miles from Kings Cross Born and bred a Londoner, she is elated to find that, incredibly, the garden of their first house affords a view of St Paul s The amenities of Cuffley are few, but hold charm for the modern reader The Times arrives by bicycle necessities, from sugar to doormats, can be bought from a hawker with a pony cart and telephone calls are made from a local farmhouse The story that unfolds is an undramatic one about ordinary people There are adventures, but of the homely kind an evening at the talkies , the move to a new house, the excitement of the first grandchild.

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      • Molly Hughes

        Mary Vivian Hughes, usually known as Molly Hughes and also published under M.V Hughes, was a British educator and author.The daughter of a London stockbroker, she was born Mary Thomas and passed most of her childhood in Canonbury, under the watchful eyes of four older brothers Her father, a modestly successful stockbroker, became caught up in a financial scandal and committed suicide in 1879.She attended the North London Collegiate School and a Cambridge teachers training college, and was later awarded her BA in London.As head of the training department at Bedford College from 1892 until 1897, she played an important role in expanding and rationalizing the teacher training curriculum Molly Thomas married barrister at law Arthur Hughes 1857 1918 from Garneddwen in 1897, after an engagement of nearly ten years they had one daughter and three sons After her husband s death, she returned to work as an educational inspector Her first book, About England, was published in 1927 She died in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1956.Hughes is best known for a series of four lively memoirs, A London Child of the 1870s, A London Girl of the 1880s, A London Home in the 1890s, and A London Family Between the Wars Hughes s stated purpose in these books is to show that Victorian children did not have such a dull time as is usually supposed Her books are a valuable source on women s education and women s work in the late Victorian period in particular, A London Girl of the 1880s provides an unparalleled portrait of life in a Victorian women s college Some of Hughes s books are illustrated by her own drawings and her brother Charles s paintings.


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    1. The last in Molly Hughes's series of reminiscences about her life. In this volume, beginning in 1920, she is widowed and living with her 3 sons just outside the M25 - which obviously didn't exist at the time, but will help place it for modern readers. At the time, the village of Cuffley was frighteningly rural for a born and bred Londoner, with no post office or shop. It gradually grew, so that by the time she ends her memoirs in 1940, it has both of those plus a primary school, telephone lines, [...]


    2. Lovely continuation of the London trilogy. I found it interesting, telling and almost unbearably poignant that Hughes wrote of her life up to her marriage and then started this last memoir after the death of her beloved. Put me in mind of Donne ('twere profanation of our joys) and made me long for a dose of British reserve in my daily papers. Hughes wrote vividly, accessibly and well. I adored this book as I adored the first three. Highly recommended.


    3. After the death of her husband in a traffic accident, Molly Hughes and her three sons moved to Cuffley, a small town outside of London. And this volume is about life in a small English town, building a new house, eventually buying a car and exploring the English countryside, her work as a educational instructor, and how she came to write her memoirs. In an earlier volume, Ms Hughes talks about how she was brought up to think that men were more important than women, and she brings that earlier at [...]


    4. I'll spend some time in England this autumn, and, though I've been several times, I want to learn a bit more about the country and especially London. Not certain what site recommended this book, but it was, as the back cover states, "a gentle, often humorous account of a family growing up in the rural environs of London [specifically, the town of Cuffley] in the 1920' and 1930's."You'll find some clever anecdotes, you'll meet some pleasant people, and you'll learn a bit about English life and cu [...]


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