(subtitled – Life in the roaring twenties.) by Alison Maloney.
Found this hardback version from a book recycling site, bought it for research but enjoyed the format so devoured every page.
There are many facts and figures, made more palatable by the books interesting format, and so many characters mentioned, some of whom will be recognisable by name (Barbra Cartland, Lord Mountbatten etc) to the reader.
So, about that format. Chapters, broken down into pages, pages broken down into boxes. A page of script and then a box entitled “Who’s that girl,” that describes one of the people being discussed, and then another box “Speak Easy,” which might be a quote from a book of the period.
For anyone interested in life in the nineteen-twenties, flappers, socialites and the boom in excess after the First World War and the Spanish Flu pandemic, this book is a must and a valuable addition to my collection.
From the back cover – “The flapper awoke from her lethargy, bobbed her hair, put on her choicest pair of earrings and a great deal of audacity and rouge and went into the battle. – Zelda Fitzgerald 1922.”
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