A Vicarage family: A biography of myself
A Vicarage Family is the first part in a fictionalized autobiography in which Noel Streatfeild tells the story of her own childhood, painting a poignant and vivid picture of daily life in an impoverished, genteel family in the years leading up to the First World War.
In the story there are three little girls - Isobel, the eldest, is pretty, gentle and artistic; Louise the y...more
The first book covers Vicky's childhood as one of "the vicarage girls", along with her sisters and brother. Streatfeild captures the point of view of a child nicely, as well as a more mature view into t ...more
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In this novelization of her early years Noel becomes Victoria, the rebellious daughter who found life growing up in a vicarage to be very restricting. The middle of 3 sisters, and one brother, Victoria was often misunderstood or overlooked. Her older sister Isobel was artistic, meek and gentle. Louise, the younger sister was considered the beauty of the f ...more
The middle child of a poor vicar’s family, Vicky is forever making resolutions to improve herself and forever failing to keep them. Her older sister Isobel is a gifted ...more
A Vicarage Family is an autobiographical novel inspired by her own childhood growing up as a vicar’s daughter in the early 1900s. It give ...more
Noel Streatfeild was one of my favourite authors growing up and this was the first one I ever read as my mum gave me her old copy.
This is the first of a trilogy of autobiographies based on Streatfeild's life. This one is about her childhood growing up in a vicarage. According to the biography I read about her this is very accurate apart from names being changed and her cousin being a permanent member of their ...more
Another charming book by Noel Streatfeild, admittedly autobiographical. Now that I've read it for the first time, I can sort of "see" her character in her other books which I remember and am reading. I did especially enjoy the historical-fiction aspects of the book.
I was glad to find, from the list at the end, that calling all those books "Such-and-Such Shoes" was merely the fault of the Americans, and that the British titles actually had proper names. I mean "Ballet Shoes ...more
A must-read if you're a fan of Noel Streatfeild! I would have guessed that she would have grown up a stage child, but her childhood was very different and her books are based more on her childhood dreams than on the way it actually was. I'm excited to read the next installment of her life, wherein I believe she actually goes on the stage (but not as a young child). ...more
For a large part of this book I was angry, just like Vicky was. My heart went out to her for the awkwardness and confusion she suffered, growing up with parents so wrapped up with serving the community and caring for her siblings who had 'easy' tempers, that she felt unloved and uncared for. I'm so thankful that she had her sister Isobel and her cousin John as confidantes and cheer-leaders to make up for her unfortunately conservative if well-intentioned parents.
She was by no means an ...more
The details of Edwardian lif ...more
It's an interesting counterp ...more
The other interesting thing to me was that in her f description of herself and others, I could see the characters in some o her books and the distinctive rela ...more