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    Wonderful to read So eloquent She also wrote small capsule descriptions of many people whose biographies and lives I have followed so I kept meeting old friends I thoroughly enjoyed this book Now I shall go to my shelves and get Stephen Tennant s biography and today I ordered Siegfried Sassoon A Life I might reread the life of Ottoline Morrell She mentions Ottoline reading a small description she had written about Katherine Mansfield and the lead up made me think it was a parti...

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    Mr Walkley was the drama critic in The Times when the author was a child and desirous of becoming an actress She never didbut these are her memories of her life in Wiltshire Perhaps the most interesting is the first section, Wilton Rectory, recalling her childhood at the turn of the century As she talks about the old people in the town and their recollections, we are transported to a far off time of witches, gypsies and the Battle of Waterloo As daughter of the ultra conservative vicar, Edith Olivier s life was bound up with the church, and poetic and sometimes humourous descriptions of processions, family prayers and visiting the poor form part of her narrative She also includes a chapter on her time up at Oxford where she met Lewis Carroll I was interested by the description of the almost convent like life enjoined upon female undergraduates compared to their male counterparts M and I sometimes heard Evensong in the chapel of Magdalenbefore one of us happened to readthat this ribald practice was forbidden unless we took a chaperon with us.When her father fell ill, the family moved to the Close by Salisbury Cathedral which forms the second part These were the years of WW1 and Olivier recalls the troops ...

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Without Knowing Mr Walkley Nowadays, One Meets Fewer Characters Than Of Old, And Life Seems To Be Far Uniform Everyone Knew Some Oddities In Their Childhood, Curious People Who Looked And Behaved Quite Unlike Others, But Such Pronounced Individuality Is Rare To Day In This Mesmerising Autobiography, Acclaimed Novelist Edith Olivier Describes Her Remarkable Life, Which Spanned The Last Decades Of The Nineteenth Century, Two World Wars, And The Birth Of Modern Britain The Daughter Of A Stern, Traditional And Fiercely Charismatic Victorian Rector, Her Journey Begins With A Childhood Rooted In The Timeless Traditions Of The Wiltshire Countryside From The Start, Olivier S Account Is A Treasure Trove Of Historical Knick Knacks And Engaging Anecdotes From Her Studies At Oxford University In 1895 To Her Friendships With Famous First World War Poets, Energetic Efforts On Behalf Of The Women S Land Army And Supernatural Experiences On The Salisbury Plains Edith Olivier S Wry And Witty Narrative Vividly Conjures The Oddball Characters, Smells, Sounds And Sights Of A Bygone Era.

  • Hardcover
  • 308 pages
  • Without Knowing Mr Walkley
  • Edith Olivier
  • English
  • 04 August 2018

About the Author: Edith Olivier

Edith Maud Olivier MBE was an English writer, also noted for acting as hostess to a circle of well known writers, artists, and composers in her native Wiltshire.