It’s taken me all this time to nearly catch up after the
Tuesday and Thursday were devoted to chat – Tuesday, a lunch outing with friend, V. to a café that used to be called Sally’s, which may or may not have changed its name, having changed hands, by the Watts Gallery in Compton. We had a good chat and nice food, not surprising, seeing it’s run by the daughter of Leone, who runs The Beano Restaurant at the Guildford Institute. Then tea and no cake at V’s house in
Thursday, Irene came over here for lunch, and, prior to that on Wednesday, I went to
The fine weather has helped with the washing, and the pile of papers - since they were in danger of towering above window level - have been reduced (some bits by filing in the paper recycling bin.) Now that I’m catching up a bit, I have sent off an autobiographical article to Mslexia – describing how the
A couple of weeks ago, I spotted a good review of Tainted Tree on the Amazon site, together with a four star grade, as follows:
‘This is a very enjoyable book, with a good mixture of light and shade.
It is essentially the story of American Addie's search for her English roots.
Along the way it explores changing attitudes to pre-marital sex and illegitimacy, without ever becoming a polemic. Some of the things Addie discovers about her family are quite horrific and made me burn with anger at the injustice suffered by women in the past. This is revealed by Addie gradually uncovering the story from documents, letters and witnesses, so you share her modern reaction to it in a completely empathic way.
Jacquelynn Luben has obviously done her research into genealogical records and where information can be found. Addie is lucky to find quite so many people who knew her mother and grandmother, but this is still believable and helps bring a human touch to what could have been rather dry research.
It includes a nice bit of romance, but is much more than a standard boy meets girl. It is overall a very good read.’
Very nice to receive that unsolicited testimonial from someone I don’t know, although in fact I’ve edited out a line which gave too much information. Amazon now have it in stock and of course, if you happen to live in