PIGTAILS AND PERNOD by Simona Pakenham


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Christmas, Easter and summer holidays in Dieppe divide this autobiographical reminiscence and mark the author's growing up in a complex of grandparents, great uncles and aunts, and assortments of other British and American relatives. The years from twelve to nineteen are filled with stories of the households she knew with their staffs that were dearest friends, with the exploits her cousin Johnny led her into, with events that circled around great uncle Frederick Fairbanks, the American Consul, with the fetes and family doings. The painters, Orpens and Sickert, were part of her life and music became important; there's attention to food and dress, and there's a sadness when the increase in taxes drives out the established foreigners. There's a lingering bouquet here for a way of life that is as attractive as the family she writes about.

Publisher: St Martin's Press