Published 2011 chapter 19 book set in 1924, this memory from around 1914
LOOKING AT WHAT GOES ON UNDER THE CLOTHES
I’m quite hoping that my good blog friend Ken Nye might be able to tell us more – a costume expert, his comments on previous entries have been very illuminating.
**ADDED LATER: Yes he did! Don't miss his most helpful notes below....
Elizabeth Speller has written two intriguing novels set in the aftermath of the First World War – she obviously has a strong feeling for the era (she has another book coming out this year set in the trenches). They aren’t particularly cheerful books, not many jokes, but they are engrossing, full of period detail: a character is reading Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Links, which first appeared in 1923, and there is a visit to the Empire Exhibition in London - a big deal then, completely forgotten now.
The story revolves around the disappearance of a little girl, a village where most of the men were lost in the War, an upper-class family trying to carry on living in the big house, and a lot of repressed emotions. The sex scene about to get going above, for example, is not all it might seem. There is also a fair bit about old churches and mazes of all kinds.
There’ll be a second entry on the book later this week.
Links on the blog: For more Dress Down Sunday, click on the label below. The little girl’s nanny lives in the same area as the lodgers in London Belongs to Me, set a few years later – both authors convincingly re-create the atmosphere.
The top picture is from Century Life magazine, the lower one from a Bloomingdale’s catalogue, both via Wikimedia Commons.