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The homecoming of Private Bill Martin from Burma, winter 1945–6, p196 We’ll Meet Again (1984) edited by Robert Kee
‘If anyone asked me to describe life in post-war Britain,’ commented Sarah Crompton in the Daily Telegraph,
‘I would suggest they read The Village, a 1952 story of lovers divided by class that tells you more about the subtle gradations of life in the Home Counties and the cataclysmic changes wrought by war and a Labour government than any number of plays by JB Priestley or more famous tomes by Greene and Waugh.’ And Charlotte Moore wrote in the Spectator:
‘This traditionally organised novel of English village life is more than a gentle dig at quirky English behaviour. It is a precise, evocative but unsentimental account of a period of transition; it’s an absorbing novel, and a useful piece of social history.’
The Village
The endpaper is a printed cotton designed by Margaret Simeon for
John Lewis in 1946. In her review Charlotte Moore praised this ‘lovely Persephone reprint with a pearly grey cover and endpapers like the maids’ bedroom curtains in a Victorian country house.’
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