Celestine

Author: Gillian Tindall
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1446485714
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When Gillian Tindall discovered a cache of tightly folded letters in a deserted house in central France, recently emptied of 150 years of a family's possessions, she uncovered the obscure and moving life of one woman, Celestine Chaumette. This is Tindall's brilliantly original recreation of the vanished world of a French village.

A Social History of France 1780 1914

Author: Peter McPhee
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 140393777X
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This volume provides a lively and authoritative synthesis of recent work on the social history of France and is now thoroughly updated to cover the 'long nineteenth century' from 1789-1914. Peter McPhee offers both a readable narrative and a distinctive, coherent argument about this remarkable century and explores key themes such as: - peasant interaction with the environment - the changing experience of work and leisure - the nature of crime and protest - changing demographic patterns and family structures - the religious practices of workers and peasants - the ideology and internal repercussions of colonisation. At the core of this social history is the exercise and experience of 'social relations of power' - not only because in these years there were four periods of protracted upheaval, but also because the history of the workplace, of relations between women and men, adults and children, is all about human interaction. Stimulating and enjoyable to read, this indispensable introduction to nineteenth-century France will help readers to make sense of the often bewildering story of these years, while giving them a better understanding of what it meant to be an inhabitant of France during that turbulent time.

The Intruder

Author: Gillian Tindall
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 1447217128
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A mother and her teenage daughter come to the isolated French village of St Laurent-la-Rivière, a village still scarred by the blood and fire of thirty years before. It was here that the mother survived her years of war, an Englishwoman alone with face papers in occupied France, an intruder cut off by the flood tide of battle . . . ‘The Intruder is a marvellous account of what survival is like . . .’ The Listener

Testimonies and Secrets

Author: Robert Mennel
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1442667036
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This compelling history is drawn from the papers of the Crouse-Eikle family, discovered in their ancestral home in Crousetown on Nova Scotia’s South Shore. Millwright John Will Crouse (1844–1914) kept a meticulous diary spanning five decades. Reflective by nature, he recorded the challenges of work, pondered the intricacies of communal life, and wrote movingly of his personal and spiritual struggles. His daughter Elvira Crouse Eikle reported on village events for local newspapers, and her son, Harold Eikle (1912–1977), a gifted teacher and musician, wrote letters and family history. Harold’s correspondence celebrated the social liberations of the 1930s and beyond, but also showed their limits in the suffering he experienced as a gay man in a heterosexual world. Using the family papers, other unpublished documents and oral history, Robert M. Mennel connects the experiences of the Crouse-Eikle family and their community to larger themes of social and cultural change in North America. A story of vivid personalities and episodes, by turns sad, conflicted, joyful, bitter, funny and reflective, Testimonies and Secrets will be read with pleasure by scholars and general readers alike.

The Fields Beneath

Author: Gillian Tindall
Publisher: Eland Pub Limited
ISBN: 9781906011482
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One of a precious handful of books that in their precise examination of a particular locality, open our understanding of the universal themes of the past. In this case it is Kentish Town in London that reveals its complex secrets to us, through the resurrection of its now buried rivers and wells, coaching houses, landlords, traders, and simple tenants. Fragments of this past can still be found by the observant eye. This book is a brilliant evocation of the complex history of London, city of villages, revealed through this particular study of Kentish Town.

Journey of a Lifetime

Author: Gillian Tindall
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 1447220978
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Journey of a Lifetime was Gillian Tindall’s first collection of short stories since The China Egg, which was published in 1982. Eight stories relate to travel and/or foreign lands, while the ninth is about a foreigner in England. The title story, ostensibly very much of the real world, gradually reveals a darker and odder side, as does In A Past Life, originally read on Radio 4. All twelve stories of the collection, while they vary greatly in mood and treatment, explore in one way or another the subject of identity and memory – with wit, high intelligence and the confidence of a writer whose first book of short stories, Dances With Death, met with universal acclaim on its publication in 1973.

France in Mind

Author: Alice Leccese Powers
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780375714351
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A tour of France, presented through the writings of thirty-three British and American authors, celebrates the country's food, people, cultures, and areas of interest.

Looking Forward

Author: Gillian Tindall
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 1447216814
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Emerging from a grief-shadowed childhood in the First World War, Mary Denvers struggles to achieve her ambition to become a doctor. Through the years of the sexual revolution she plays an eminent part at the vanguard of the birth control movement. Her cousin Dodie, meanwhile, is a frivolous jazz flapper who rises to short-lived stardom as a novelist before wasting away in insanity. Though their fortunes are reversed as the years go by, childless Mary is prey to an enduring envy of Dodie’s motherhood, and finds her ideas challenged as new temptations confront her. The rivalries, ambitions and achievements of the women are finely paralleled against a superbly evoked background of changing decades. ‘Skilfully presented . . . The sense of life slipping away, of urgent problems not mattering any more, of ultimate futility, is movingly conveyed. It touched a nerve.’ Financial Times ‘Sharp, informed . . . Gillian Tindall has dug deep and unearthed a fascinating dossier’ Sunday Times ‘Observant . . . Glinting with humour’ Daily Telegraph

Library Journal

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Includes, beginning Sept. 15, 1954 (and on the 15th of each month, Sept.-May) a special section: School library journal, ISSN 0000-0035, (called Junior libraries, 1954-May 1961). Also issued separately.