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Hostages to Fortune
This autobiographical first novel follows the life of a young woman from 1915 when she has her first baby until early 1933 when it was published. Catherine’s husband, invalided out of the army in 1917, buys a doctor’s practice in an Oxfordshire village and here the young couple bring up their three children and are deeply involved in the life of the village. It is a surprisingly hard life,
full of difficulties and disillusions, but a satisfying one nevertheless. Hostages to Fortune is a brave and unusual novel in its description of both the realities of parenthood and its attendant disappointments – there is no plot as
The endpaper is a 1933 hand-printed linen designed by Edwin Parker for the Silver Studio. This design is rural, very pretty, but not in the least sentimental.
Elizabeth Cambridge in 1913
such, and yet the reader becomes absorbed in a life which is in one sense faraway and in another, because this is a domestic novel par excellence, not very different from many such lives today.
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 © Lynton Lamb 1939
344pp PERSEPHONE BOOKS ISBN 9781903155318

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