'Forsythia' Depicts History of British Upper Class
Longley's story is a history-memoir hybrid, a personal narrative seemingly parallel to that of John Galsworthy's series of novels "The Forsyte Saga."
Along with memoirs of his childhood in an upper-middle class household, Longley traces this class from its origins in the 1880s to the 1960s.
The story that lies within outlines societal pressures of the British Empire's formative years, coupled with Longley's own memories of growing up a privileged child, where expectations for the future were high.
"Forsythia" is a thorough discussion of social history - a time-tether linking the turmoil of the British Empire's historic rise and fall to the warped vision of the British upper class today.
By Peter Hovenden Longley
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 706 pages | ISBN 9781475933543
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 706 pages | ISBN 9781475933529
E-Book | 706 pages | ISBN 9781475933536
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About the Author
Historian, artist, and theologian Peter Hovenden Longley was the estate manager of Tullamaine Castle in Ireland for 11 years. He then went to sea as a cruise director, including 10 years aboard the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2. He graduated from Cambridge University, published five novels and now works in horticulture in Springfield, Mo.
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