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Kate Chatters, the Great Selbinis, and Lalla Selbini By Brian Chatters
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John Chatters, a poor farm labourer, travels to London to seek a better life. His daughter, Kate, finds fame as a music hall entertainer, abandoning her father to the workhouse. Her daughter, Lily... More > Knight, marries Jack Selbini and they form the Selbini Troupe of cyclists who go on to achieve worldwide success. Their daughter, Lalla Selbini, also enters show business and she becomes even more famous. She receives notoriety as a risqué vaudeville performer and she later becomes a magician, taking over the company from The Great Lafayette. In addition to Kate, Jack and Lily Selbini, and Lalla, details are also given of the lives of Kate’s other children and of the lives of Jack and Lily Selbini’s other children. The book also covers the lives of other artistes who have been involved with the family. It gives partial biographies of Frank and Annie Chatters, Henry Flowerday, Frank Elton (Lorenzi), Archie Royer, Willy Pantzer, the Great Lafayette, Bert Nagle, and William Prati (Selbini).< Less
My Ancestral Trail By Brian Chatters
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This book is a personal history of the lives of the author's ancestors. Through parish records, medieval court records, and newspaper articles, it traces the family line back to the sixteenth... More > century. It gives detailed accounts of the lives of the author's Victorian and later ancestors. During the Victorian and Edwardian periods, drunkenness and minor crime such as poaching were widespread amongst the poor at that time and the Chatters families were often in trouble with the authorities. Many of the stories are not untypical of many working class families living in rural England. Life in the villages only began to improve with the introduction of compulsory education and, fortunately, the author's recent ancestors were better behaved!< Less

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Cardboard Cardboard By Patrick G. Redford
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