The Great Western Beach

The Great Western Beach This Memoir Of A 1923 To 1935 Childhood Pulsates With Life Newquay Its Eccentric Residents And Exotic Holiday Makers, Its Tennis Tournaments And Bathing Parties, Invigorating Walks And Teas At The Rose Cafe Is The Hallsmith Children S Entire World A World Observed And Remembered In Meticulous Detail By Young Elspeth. A pleasant autobiography of one girl s childhood between the wars in Cornwall, England.It was ok, but nothing very interesting happens, nor are the characters developed to the point where I cared much what happened to them So as much as I enjoy slice of life stories I found t
I picked up The Great Western Beach , Emma Smith s memoir of her Cornish childhood between the wars, with great expectations.I had lots of reasons for optimism I love childhood memoirs and I know Emma Smith to be a wonderful writer She writes of Newquay, a town that I know and worked in for a short period a few years ago It is very like the town I grew up in on the opposite coast of Cornwall and the author is of the same generation
I ve read a few childhood memoirs, but this one is a little different Smith writes in first person present tense, so right off there s a sense of immediacy, and she is able to show the ironies of her family life quite deftly as a resultOur parents are in a perpetual muddle as to where to draw the line between what to label right and what to label wrong For the line is variable It won t stop still It shifts and blursA young woman capable of dying her hair is capable, it goes without sayi I ve read a few childhood memoirs, but this one is a little different Smith writes in first person present tense, so right off there s a sense of immediacy, and she is able to show the ironies of her family life quite deftly as a resultOur parents are in a perpetual muddle as to where to draw the line between what to label right and what to label wrong For the line is variable It won t stop still It shifts and blursA young woman capable of dying her hair is capable, it goes without saying, of absolutely anything And if she considers it an improvement to pencil on eyebrows where nature ne
Beautifully written memoir of life with a difficult family aren t they all in Cornwall between the wars. I absolutely loved reading Emma Smith s memoir of a childhood in Cornwall where every weekend the Hallsmith family would take picnics, games, beachwear and swimming costumes to their favourite Cornish beaches Elspeth, the narrator, captivates us by using present tense and its immediacy to give us an insight into the magical times the children had Her parents are also happiest when they are on the beach but at home it is a different story with her father resentful that he has only a lowly occup I absolutely loved reading Emma Smith s memoir of a childhood in Cornwall where every weekend the Hallsmith family would take picnics, games, beachwear and swimming costumes to their favourite Cornish beaches Elspeth, the narrator, captivates us by using present tense and its immediacy to give us an insight into the magical times the children had Her parents are also happiest when they are on the beach but at home it is a different story with her father resentful that he has only a lowly occupation as a cashier in a bank when he feels his artistic talent should make him famous His repeated efforts to get work accepted at the Roy
An interesting and often wittily written childhood memoir, from the 1920s and 1930s This true story was of particular interest to me as it was set in Newquay, Cornwall, where I regularly go to surf To read evocative descriptions of familiar beaches, local streets and places from 80 90 years ago was a fascinating step back in time Eveninteresting were the author s young child s perspective on her parents often antiquated views on such topics as fast and loose women , divorcees , local An interesting and often wittily written childhood mem
Emma Smith s account of her childhood in Newquay, Cornwall, in the 1920s and 1930s, is highly enjoyable, but tinged with sadness Inbetween entertaining anecdotes about playing on the beach, outings, parties, eccentric people etc, is the constant theme of the baleful effect her bitter, unhappy father had on his family He longed for a car
Both happy and sad.I went to school in Newquay in the late 60s so the descriptions of places and characters of the town were fascinating for me But the sad tale of a dysfunctional family, in part to possible PTSD, seems almost cathartic for the author Indeed to read and researchabout the
A moving memoir of a 1923 to 1935 childhood on the Cornwall beaches in England Evocative and starkly honest Just what I look for in a memoir The author coming to terms with her own childhood and the dark spaces there. An enjoyable read about Edwardian family life just after the first world war My main reason for reading it is I m reading anything and everything about Cornwall a the moment since I ll be visiting soon

[[ Reading ]] ➷ The Great Western Beach  Author Emma Smith – Rarefishingbooks.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 358 pages
  • The Great Western Beach
  • Emma Smith
  • English
  • 05 September 2017
  • 0747595917