Bertie, May and Mrs Fish: Country Memories of Wartime by Xandra Bingley lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Harpercollins, 2005, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: Bertie, May and Mrs Fish is Xandra Bingleys captivating account of her early years on a Cotswold hill farm, set against the backdrop of the Second World War and its aftermath. The authors mother, the elegant and remarkably hardy May, turns from a sparkling debutante and horsewoman into a farmer while Xandras father, Bertie, is away at war. Isolated by landscape, farmyards and a thousand acres, Xandra is an only child among animals, farm workers, landgirls and prisoners of war as the certainties of Christianity and 1930s upper-class values disappear. This book captures the essence of a country childhood and, obliquely through a young girls eyes and ears, the complicated, often harsh, adult world surrounding her.
Xandra Bingleys acute observation, and her emotional, sensual descriptive gift for place, people, sound and touch make this a brilliantly authentic and evocative portrait.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Leans. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.
Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 227 pages. 9″ x 6¼”.
This book will be eventually reach my delightful website…(added to my Biography category.) but get 60% off buying from this very blog blog… Buy it now for just £2.60 + P&P! Of course, if you don’t like this one there are plenty more available here!