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A London Home in the 1890s

(A London Family #3)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  5 reviews
1978, trade paperback edition (this is part 3 of the trilogy: A London Family, first published in 1946. This particular title has also appeared as: A London Home in the Nineties), Oxford University Press, Oxford, U.K., 202 pages.
Paperback, 202 pages
Published December 31st 1978 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1946)
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Rosemary
Oct 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Molly Hughes had a long engagement, during which time she worked as a teacher trainer, including going to a conference in America and travelling alone in Canada, in her 20s. Then she married and in the later part of the book, is keeping house in a flat in London. It was quite a revelation to me to see how much freedom some (working) women had in the 1890s.
Susan
Jun 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
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The 1890s find Molly Hughes continuing her work of training women teachers, jaunting to Chicago, New York, Washington, Canada, Boston and Switzerland and then getting married and starting a family. She started the first volume of her autobiography with a quote "In faith, lady, you have a merry heart.". And despite trials and sorrows, in these books, she conveys a zest and enjoyment of life, whether it is her daily food shopping, an excursion train ride to Cornwall, or the foibles of student teac ...more
Emily
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
A nice finish to a delightful trilogy of memoirs, with highlights being Mollie's trips to American and Switzerland. (view spoiler)
Nancy
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fantastic snapshot of the life of a woman with a career and then a marriage (she seems to drop the first when the second finally happens, as per the times); also an excellent chapter on her impressions of America and Canada during an extended business trip to the Chicago World's Fair.

Need to dig up the first 2 books in the series now!
Karyl
Sep 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
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The final installation in M.V. Hughes's autobiographical trilogy. After two books detailing her childhood and her young adulthood in London, this final book shows us what her life was like as an adult, training to become a teacher and saving up money for her wedding and marriage to Arthur Hughes. What amused me highly throughout this book was learning that the whole idea of training teachers was revolutionary in Victorian England. Apparently it was thought completely unnecessary, especially so w ...more
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Mary Vivian Hughes, usually known as Molly Hughes and also published under M.V. Hughes, was a British educator and author.

The daughter of a London stockbroker, she was born Mary Thomas and passed most of her childhood in Canonbury, under the watchful eyes of four older brothers. Her father, a modestly successful stockbroker, became caught up in a financial scandal and committed suicide in 1879.

She
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