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J.B. Priestley, who wrote one of my favorite books An Inspector Calls, takes on a period piece from a time in which he lived.....the age of Edward VII and the time leading up to WWI. The book covers every aspect of life during that transition from Victorian to Edwardian and how it affected the lives of the citizens of the Empire that was Britain. He writes about such disparate events as the Dr.Crippen murder case, the Sydney Street Massacre, Home Rule, Prime Ministers, and the high life of the r ...more
I confess I got this for the pictures. The text is very smoothly written as you'd expect from Priestley, but there are much better Edwardian histories out there. The photographs, paintings and posters that illustrate it are excellent, however, and by themselves made it worth borrowing from the library.
John Boynton Priestley, the son of a schoolmaster, was born in Bradford in September 1894, and after schooling he worked for a time in the local wool trade. Following the outbreak of the Great War in 1914, Priestley joined the British Army, and was sent to France --in 1915 taking part in the Battle of Loos. After being wounded in 1917 Priestley returned to England for six months; then, after going ...moreMore about J.B. Priestley...