June and Hours of Happy Reading
I feel as though I am talking to myself but hope some of you out there are able to share what you will be reading/have read this month.
I finished Austerlitz as discussed on Jan's thread 'Hallo Again'. A challenging read but good to be made to think about what is still a serious subject.
Much more enjoyable was As Green as Grass by Emma Smith.
This is the third book of memoirs/bio taking her life up to her marriage in 1951 (she is now in her nineties).
Her first prize-winning book The Maidens Trip came out when she was only in her early twenties and covered her experiences working on the English canals during WWII. An eye-opener for a well-brought-up young lady from a middle class home.
The next work On the Great Western Beach covered her early life living in N Cornwall in a house dominated by an 'odd' angry father, a put-upon mother, older twin siblings and later a baby brother. It sounds ordinary enough but ES brings to life the everyday happenings of a family living in 'reduced circumstances'.
As Green as Grass takes off from the above. The family remove to Devon, edge of Dartmoor. Emma and her sister go to 'real' school. The disillusioned and angry father goes quite mad, is locked away and the family bloom without him.
WWII brings enormous changes and Emma, after the canal work and a series of happy coincidences lands a job with a documentary film-making team and meets many influential and 'arty' people of the day. Script writer, Laurie Lee is a friend with whom she travels to Assam to make a film about tea planting/production.
These subjects might seem very mundane but they are so well-written I found myself reading them slowly to make them last longer. ;-)
Here is a link that might be useful: As Green as Grass