Richard Collier is the author of The City that Would Not Die and The Captain of the Queens. This is a delightful reminiscence of what it was like to grow up in a country house in the south of England thirty years ago and it is filled with the details of everyday events that were more ritual than routine. Richard's father was a middle-class professional man, more conventional than the impoverished but spirited Collier clan, and his mother was a beautiful woman whose severe upbringing made her at times a little sad though she gave no hint of this to her young son. The Collier household was run according to habit and custom, due mainly to Charles Collier who refused to be hurried -- often to the exasperation of his wife. The author recalls his early days at school, made miserable by a cruel headmistress, though it was at this same school that the six-year-old first fell in love, unhappily. He describes his father's family; his boon companion and hero, Uncle Victor; their servant, Lucy, who was the boy's nursemaid and friend; his mother's teas; and those lessons in decent behavior which his father, an old-fashioned gentleman, taught him. Richard Collier's recollection of a happy childhood is a warm and touching tribute to his wise and loving parents and to a kind of life that is gone forever.