Louisa Lane Fox was co-founder of the Last Word Lunchtime Lectures. Her husband is the architectural critic and landscape designer Charles Jencks. She is a mother, stepmother and grandmother.
Much as I love reading history and biography, letters and diaries are the coalface, experiences unfiltered by historians and biographers. I therefore welcomed this collection that brings a collection of the familiar but introduces too, many lesser known voices such as that of Gwen Raverat (Darwin’s grand-daughter) and Sydney Smith. It’s a touching collection, the authors much more concerned with the fears of childbirth and childhood mortality than we have to be but there’s very little difference in parental love and pride. Like for Like Reading:Dream Babies: Childcare Advice from John Locke to Gina Ford by Christina HardymentCan Any Mother Help Me? by Jenna Bailey