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Record 2209

Reading Experience:

Throughout our childhood, mother read aloud to us, usually at the kitchen table, but sometimes, as a treat, in the front room and sometimes, on warm summer evenings, in the meadow beyond the garden... The books she chose for these readings were, I now see, startingly bad. Two of her greatest favourites were 'Coming Through the Rye' and 'Freckles'. The first was a tale with a middle-class Victorian background showing true love thwarted by a designing woman... But there was a passage at the end of 'Freckles' which overcame her so that she could not continue...
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 1 Jan 1925 and 31 Dec 1935
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Exmouth
location in dwelling: at home, in kitchen, front room and garden
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary reactive unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Harriet Beer
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: wife of railway clerk
Religion: Plymouth Brethern
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
daughters -Patricia Beer and Sheila Beer
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Title: Coming Through the Rye
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 2209  
Source - Print  
  Author: Patricia Beer
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Mrs Beer's House
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1968
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 98-99
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Patricia Beer, Mrs Beer's House (London, 1968), p. 98-99,, accessed: 27 January 2023

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