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Rich Desserts and Captain's Thin: A Family and Their Times, 1831-1931

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This account of the rise and prosperity of the biscuit manufacturers, Carr's of Carlisle, reveals the hidden lives behind the history of the great 19th-century manufacturing middle-class.
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published December 2nd 1997 by Chatto and Windus
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Lizzie
Dec 14, 2008 Lizzie rated it liked it
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An odd but interesting little book about the history of the Carr's biscuit company. They were Quakers and sought to run their company on Christian principles, offering their employees fair wages and benefits like bath facilities (in a time when most homes didn't have indoor plumbing) and meals. They were forward thinking in business, too, adding many technological advances to the factory. Sadly, the business was finally absorbed into a larger baking company in the 70s.
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Mar 22, 2015 Sue rated it really liked it
Easy to read and fascinating account of the development of Carr's biscuit factory in Carlisle in the 1830s. I must admit to skipping the relationships within the large family but it didn't matter.
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Mar 18, 2014 Barbara rated it liked it
A very interesting account of the Carr family and their social background. Margaret Forster remains one of my favourite authors.
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Feb 01, 2014 Margareth8537 rated it really liked it
When you get a really competent writer like Margaret Forster they can make even a biscuit manufacturer's life interesting, particularly if they have something to work with
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About the Carr's biscuit family

Wonderful, fascinating history lesson
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Margaret Forster was educated at the Carlisle and County High School for Girls. From here she won an Open Scholarship to Somerville College, Oxford where in 1960 she was awarded an honours degree in History.

From 1963 Margaret Forster worked as a novelist, biographer and freelance literary critic, contributing regularly to book programmes on television, to Radio 4 and various newpapers and magazin
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