Bouquet of Memories Book Review

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Francis Phillips reviews A Bouquet of Memories, by Mary Goodhind, Theotokos Books, £6.95

Mary Goodhind has written these “Reminiscences of Eighty Years” so that her grandchildren might learn what it was like to grow up before the War, in a poor, loving and stable home, with a strong Catholic faith – the book describes the author’s enjoyment of pilgrimages to Marian shrines - and surrounded by a general culture of hard work and simple pleasures. These usually centred on social events within the parish or outings with friends. Her story ends with the start of her own happy marriage. It is almost impossible today to imagine the lives of most ordinary people in the 1930s and 1940s: no telephones, central heating, hot water or washing machines. The War itself brought rationing, clothing coupons and air raids. The author’s mother stayed calm during these occasions, telling a friend that “I kneel in a corner and pray.”


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