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
A great book for many ...more
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
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).
But yeah I enjoyed this! I love this period of history (technically Edwardian not Victorian but pre-WWI anyway, it all runs together a bit in my mind). I liked the way she talked about the family, frankly and without sugar coating them. Including the 'Vicky' chara ...more
It's an interesting counterp ...more
I did find it a sad read; she was clearly misunderstood by her parents and believed she was plain, naughty, with no special talents... it makes me look at her other books in a different light.
I loved the Shoe books, and they've worn well from the time I was about 11 and discovered my favourite Circus Shoes, to being of a certain age. Yes, Streatfeild was a master at portraying adolescent feelings and the never-perfect relationships between them and adults. But this book is not a very pleasant r ...more
The importance of the Church is a cons ...more