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Record 23306

Reading Experience:

'Winifred did not care, for she was reading Conrad's "Suspense" - a noble and spacious book which made the early nineteenth century come alive for her in a clear yet faint glow like candlelight."
Century: 1900-1945
Date: 14 Jan 1926
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: other location: on a boat due to depart from Tilbury
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Winifred Holtby
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1898
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: writer
Religion: unknown
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Joseph Conrad
Title: Suspense
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 23306  
Source - Print  
  Author: Vera Brittain
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Testament of Friendship
  Place of Publication: Great Britain
  Date of Publication: 1980
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 186
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Vera Brittain, Testament of Friendship (Great Britain, 1980), p. 186,, accessed: 22 October 2019

Additional comments:

Winifred Holtby was reading this book at the beginning of a journey to South Africa. Her voyage from Tilbury was postponed for several hours because of bad weather. It is this delay which Winifred 'did not care' about.



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