Further Reading

Fiction

House at Riverton by Kate Morton. Library call number Fiction Morton.

Living out her final days in a nursing home, ninety-eight-year-old Grace remembers the secrets surrounding the 1924 suicide of a young poet during a glittering society party hosted by Grace’s English aristocrat employers.

Ashenden by Elizabeth Wilhide. Library call number Fiction Wilhide

A saga of the upstairs and downstairs residents of an English country house spans more than two centures and includes the stories of its original architect, soldiers billeted in the house during World War I, and a young couple who restores the house in the 1950’s.

The Market Square by Miss Read    Library call number CD Book Read

It is a middle class story of the time period that focuses on 2 families and follows them from King Edward’s coronation until just after WWI.  It is a gentle read but gives the reader a wonderful feeling of that time period.

Park Lane by Frances Osborne.  Library call number Fiction Osborne

The books is about a girl in 1914 London who cannot find a job as a secretary so takes a job as a housemaid where she gets caught up in their lives.

 

Non fiction

Elsie and Mairi go to War. Library call number 940.475 NICO

Chronicles of the exploits of Elsie Knocker and Mairi Chisholm who, not content with only driving ambulances during World War I, set up a first-aid post on the front line and worked under bombardment and sniper fire to save the lives of many.

Intimate voices from the First World War. Library call number 940.4822 INTI

Offers an oral history of the First World War based on a collection of letters and diary excerpts by soldiers, eyewitnesses, and victims on all sides of the conflict.

The Great Silence. Library Call number 941.083 NICO

A social history of the first two years in Britain following World War I covers topics ranging from the development of skin grafting procedures by surgeon Harold Gillies and the passage of the women’s vote to the state funeral of the Unknown Soldier.

The Perfect Summer. Library call number 942.083 NICO

Before the Great War, there was the glorious summer of 1911.  This is a portrait of that sunlit season, transporting us to experience the sights, sounds, and feelings of a society on the b`rink of a changing world.

 

DVDs

Howards End.  Library call number DVD HOWA

Tells the story of the independent and highly educated Schlegel sisters and their tangled relationships with a rich businessman and his family.  Set in post World War I Britain.

Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady (series). Library call number DVD COUN

Based on Edith Holden’s bestselling book, it explores the character of the woman who wrote Nature Notes for 1906.  Each episode is a celebration of the month in 1906 and is described by Edith with the prose, poetry and watercolor illustrations that made her book popular.

Johnny Got His Gun. Library call number DVD JOHN

A young American soldier who must live life without arms, legs or a face discovers a way to communicate with the outside world as he ponders his life in a hospital bed.

Downton Abbey. Library call number DVD DOWN

Set in an Edwardian country house in 1912, Downton Abbey portrays the lives of Lord Grantham and the rest of the Crawley family, as well as the servants who work for them. In the drawing rooms, library, and beautiful bedrooms, with their tall windows looking across the park, lives the family, but below stairs are other residents, the servants, as fiercely possessive of their ranks as anyone above.

 

 
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