This is the second volume of a personal memoir of the author's own family, portraying a London household in the 1950s, and taking the reader through their transformation from bewildered arrivals from the country to sophisticated Londoners delighting in, and taking advantage of, all that city life had to offer.
Nan Fairbrother (1913–1971) was an English writer, lecturer on landscape and land use and member of the UK Institute of Landscape Architects, now the Landscape Institute. Born in Coventry, she attended the University of London, graduating with honours in English, after which she worked as a hospital physiotherapist, before settling in London. Having married In 1939 she left London with her two sons for the relative safety of the Buckinghamshire countryside, and wrote her first book, 'Children in the House' (1954), about the experience of living there while her husband was away serving with the Royal Air Force. Her most celebrated work is 'New Lives, New Landscapes' (1970), a visionary account of the challenges facing land-use planning in the United Kingdom. Fairbrother's influence on planners, landscape architects, and educators continues today: in 2009, BBC Scotland Learning produced 2 programmes in their Industry series entitled 'New lives, new landscapes', in acknowledgement of Fairbrother's contribution. In 1987 the Fairbrother Group of urban wildlife organisations (later the Urban Wildlife Network) was established in her memory.
Our book is in excellent condition, with a very good (unclipped) dust jacket protected both outwardly with clear plastic, and inside with thin blue card. A bookplate inside the front cover proclaims it to have been a W H Smith & Son Library book. There is foxing to the edges of the book block, but none inside, the pages being clean and bright with no markings, apart from the first 6 leaves where there is some bleeding of a large foxing spot into the upper outer edge. A letter 'O' is written in biro at the top of the front free endpaper, and the rear free endpaper is quite browned where it was not protected by the edge of the dust jacket. The book is bound in dull orange-coloured cloth, and there is very little shelf wear - the bottom front R/H corner is a little creased, and there is only minimal creasing at top and bottom of the spine. The title etc. are in gilt lettering on the spine. The book has a slight lean. Overall an excellent copy.