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THE VICTORIAN CHILDHOOD OF CHARLES DARWIN'S GRAND-DAUGHTER
by Gwen Raverat
List Price: £25.00
Special price through this site: £20.00
Published in the UK 3 November 2003
a beatiful hardback with 272 large(246 by 189mm) pages illustrated with numerous pen & ink drawings by the author 246×189 mm
ISBN: 1-904555-12-8
World Rights available
To celebrate its 50 years in print, Clear Books is publishing a special edition of this classic and much loved work.
A delightful cameo of a quintessentially English childhood in the late 19th century in the tradition of Lark Rise to Candleford.
Gwen Raverat was the leading wood engraver of the 20th Century.
Quirky, whimsical, humorous and fascinating, the story of an eccentric upbringing amidst a large, talented and unconventional upper class family with illustrious connections and idiosyncratic ideas.
A beautifully produced special edition, presented as a facsimile Victorian volume.

Gwen Raverat, the granddaughter of Charles Darwin, described this memoir of her late Victorian Cambridge childhood as a "drawing of the world when I was young". The observations of the small incidents in her life and of her eccentric Darwin family, recorded here both in her inimitably charming prose and her line drawings, reveal an artist's careful eye.
Vividly evoking a bygone era, it is a shrewd, touching and comic portrait of her childhood, her eccentric relations, and of Cambridge academic society. The book’s wit and charm have endeared it to several generations of avid readers and have ensured it is still in print some 50 years after it was first published.
Gwen Raverat, née Darwin, was the leading wood engraving artist of the 20th century. She married the French painter, Jacques Raverat, who died aged just 40 from MS. Her friends numbered Rupert Brooke, Virginia Woolf, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Eric Gill and Stanley Spencer. She did not start writing Period Piece until well into her 60s.
WHAT THEY SAY
I have never read a more enjoyable book of childhood memoirs. (Raymond Mortimer in the Sunday Times)

Commandingly evokes a vanished past with its morals and its manners … Intensely individual and yet strangely impersonal. (The Times)

I want to say with what pleasure and admiration I have read your book and also what enormous pleasure it would have given Virginia. (Leonard Woolf)

Period Piece is an altogether delightful book, a kind of insouciant wit, too appreciative to be called cynical, too unillusioned to be called pious. Mrs Raverat is not a Darwin for nothing. Her book comes out of a highly civilized background – the English professional and intellectual middle-classes, which, if not the backbone of England, may be held to be, on the whole, its mainstream of culture, and of sophisticated intelligence and wit. (Rose Macaulay in The Times Literary Supplement)

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It looks wonderful and I can see that I shall enjoy reading it. The illustrations are especially good. Warmest Congratulations!
Professor S D Keynes

Woolf & the Raverats arrived today in fine condition. We are very pleased with it and look forward to reading the lovely type on fine paper.
Jim Bishop

It's a fascinating and, of course, unique book.
Peter Kettle

The publication of these letters in one volume brings into focus an unusually compassionate aspect of Virginia Woolf. Jacques Raverat's lucid, unsentimental letters to Woolf are dictated to his wife, the artist Gwen, as he is dying in France. Very moving, they are a compelling read.
(Henrietta Garnett, great niece of Virginia Woolf and author of Family Skeletons)
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