Thanks to a Mirfield author children on both sides of the Atlantic will soon be taken back in their reading to the age of innocence of beloved writers like Beatrice Potter
and Enid Blyton.
A valuable feature of this volume is its exploration of some of these, especially O'Day's chapter on the two female investigators, the well-known Beatrice Potter
(Webb) and the less well-known, but important, Clara Collett.
Also on This Day: 1561: Birth of statesmanand philosopher Francis Bacon; 1788: Birth of Lord Byron; 1849: Birth of Swedish playwright, novelist & poet August Strindberg; 1858: Birth of social reformer Beatrice Potter
Webb; 1907: Birth of England & Everton striker Dixie Dean; 1920: Birth of England football manager Sir Alf Ramsey; 1947: Snow started falling in Britain and continued for the next 54 days; 1983: Anne Winter became British rail's first woman driver.
, young, strong-willed and witty, meets Joseph Chamberlain, a widower in his late 40s.
The case book kept by the philanthropic rent collector the redoubtable Beatrice Potter
(later Webb) provide the raw material for tracing |East End Lives' that show an exceptionally fluid form of family life.