The Year In Books ~ The New House by Lettice Cooper
Monday, 8 December 2014
I thought Nella Last's War would be a good choice for my December read as it was dramatised by Victoria Wood as Housewife, 49 and housewife, 49 is a very apt description of myself this December as I am now 49 and a housewife. But I have read it several times and I am trying to read new things for The Year in Books. I do recommend it though, especially if you are interested in how women managed to keep a household going in the face of rationing and shortages not to mention great emotional upheaval. Nella was incredibly resourceful and could make a tasty meal out of almost nothing. What a great blogger she would have made.
The book I have chosen is a Persephone publication, The New House by Lettice Cooper. I was lucky enough to be given a six month subscription to Persephone Books by my generous parents and this is the first instalment which arrived a few days before my birthday wrapped in pink tissue and tied with grey ribbon. What a treat! The New House, written in 1936 describes one day in the lives of a family as they move from a large house with grounds to a new, smaller house. I haven't got very far with it yet but so far, so good. I also have Because of the Lockwoods by Dorothy Whipple waiting to be read which I know I will enjoy.
I can't remember all six of the books I have chosen and I don't want to check as I'm looking forward to being surprised when they arrive. I do remember that one is Housebound by Winifred Peck and one is Hostages to Fortune by Elizabeth Cambridge. I have gone for domestic books, books which like Nella Last's War deal with how women go about running their homes under varying circumstances. Persephone excel in finding such books to republish. I am sure if it weren't already in print then Nella Last would be an admirable addition to Persephone's list. The Homemaker by Dorothy Canfield is perhaps the best example of this genre, a book I must reread soon.
Meanwhile in the garden we have frosty quince leaves in abundance.