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  • By Trevor Coote
    Sep 30, 2010
    I came across this book while looking on a site which offered free online novels (because Lulu will not deliver to PO Box addresses which is all I have in the country where I live). I looked up the author’s storefront and I get the impression that many of her works involve fictionalised accounts of her genealogy, though unfortunately she has left no details. In view of the limited interest to non-family members of an individual’s family tree this strikes me as very much the best way of presenting genealogies, while simultaneously offering an arena in which social history can be related authentically. Day After Day, the story of two young friends and their love for two brothers in early twentieth century provincial England, is written in a conventional style with infectious enthusiasm for its subject and unusually includes a few photos. The second half is in epistolary form. Events in national history are treated seriously but gently, which is in keeping with the general tone of the... More > book. It is full of interesting detail as an impressive amount of research has been carried out, and much of that research is intercalated as part of the story. There are occasions, though, when too much detail detracts a little from the flow of the narrative, notably where it is included in conversation. The book, though, is in need of editing because there are a number of mistakes and historical errors which should not have been included (and some anachronisms; I don’t think that anyone would have asked about a person’s suntan in 1904). I give three of the more serious examples: inhabitants of Worcester would not have refused to pay dangeld in 1541 because that currency was abolished in 1162 at the time of Henry II; it was of course Richard I (Lionheart) who travelled on the Second Crusade and not Richard II who lived 200 years later; and the Boer War was fought against the South Africans and not the Boar (!) War. Even in a fictionalised account it is important to get historical facts correct, especially where the work is presented in the form of social history because otherwise the reader will lack confidence in the accuracy of the research. That said, the book has charm, is paced nicely and reads well. It demonstrates that the social milieu of Jane Austen had changed little by the turn of the twentieth century with balls, picnics and husband hunting still the principal activities of young upper middle-class women. In conclusion, I feel that editing would greatly improve the finished product and I will endeavour to read other works by the author.< Less
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Product Details

Publisher
Jean Day
Published
November 28, 2006
Language
English
Pages
236
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.87 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6.14 wide x 9.21 tall
Product ID
582783
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