Friends and Kindred: Memoirs of Louisa Kathleen Haldane Louisa Kathleen Haldane

ISBN: 9781904999997

Published: July 16th 2009

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266 pages


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Friends and Kindred: Memoirs of Louisa Kathleen Haldane  by  Louisa Kathleen Haldane

Friends and Kindred: Memoirs of Louisa Kathleen Haldane by Louisa Kathleen Haldane
July 16th 2009 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 266 pages | ISBN: 9781904999997 | 8.65 Mb

Louisa Maya Haldane was the widow of physiologist John Scott Haldane, and the mother of J. B. S. Haldane and Naomi Mitchison. In these memoirs she gives a remarkably detailed account of the life of the well-to-do in the second half of theMoreLouisa Maya Haldane was the widow of physiologist John Scott Haldane, and the mother of J. B. S. Haldane and Naomi Mitchison. In these memoirs she gives a remarkably detailed account of the life of the well-to-do in the second half of the nineteenth century - in Ireland, Scotland and the Continental spas as well as in England - as seen through the eyes of a growing girl and an independently-minded young woman.

The story continues up to the time of the First World War, with chapters focusing on particular topics: her education, her husbands early career, the position of servants in town and country, a young ladys wardrobe. We are reminded graphically of the high feeling that ran in the country during the Boer War, Queen Victorias Jubilees and her funeral, all of which are still vivid in Mrs Haldanes memory. This fascinating material is informed and enlivened by a certain dry wit, nowhere more telling than in personal anecdote: particularly in the account of her fathers experiences when, during a sea voyage for his health - always precarious through excessive perusal of medical literature - he unexpectedly found himself obliged to take over the duties of British Consul in Samoa.

The authors objective irony, together with her remarkably clear and detailed memory for people and places, helps to re-create an ambience and moral climate of a now remote era.



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