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Record 2314

Reading Experience:

It was after our second family holiday in the West Highlands of Scotland, when I was thirteen, that someone recommended that we should all read 'The Flight of the Heron' by D.K. Broster, as it dealt with that part of the country at the time of the '45 rebellion. My mother bought it, and the most exciting period of my reading life began. I was possessed by a rapture, an ecstacy, for which nothing in all my experience, and certainly not religion, had prepared me. I remember the actual surroundings in which I sat reading the book, on a bench in Phear Park, for example, on a sunny Saturday morning.
Century: 1900-1945
Date: Between 01 Jan 1930 and 31 Dec 1935
Country: England
Time: morning: Saturday morning
Place: city: Exmouth
specific address: Phear Park
other location: park bench
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:Patricia Beer
Age Child (0-17)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 4 Nov 1919
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: daughter of railway clerk
Religion: Plymouth Brethren
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: D.K. Broster
Title: The Flight of the Heron
Genre: Fiction, History
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 2314  
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: 115
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Patricia Beer, Mrs Beer's House (London, 1968), p. 115,, accessed: 09 February 2023

Additional comments:

shared amongst the family



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