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Love to the Little Ones: The Trials and Triumphs of Parents Through the Ages in Letters, Diaries, Memoirs and Essays by Louisa Lane Fox

Love to the Little Ones: The Trials and Triumphs of Parents Through the Ages in Letters, Diaries, Memoirs and Essays

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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.

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Love to the Little Ones: The Trials and Triumphs of Parents Through the Ages in Letters, Diaries, Memoirs and Essays by Louisa Lane Fox

Taking us from pregnancy through to infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and death, this fascinating anthology shows us some of the ways in which parents have thought about and written to their children over the past eight hundred years. Within each section the extracts are arranged chronologically so the opening chapter on pregnancy and birth, for example, begins with the anxieties and problems confronting parents in the fifteenth century, but ends with the wholly different experiences of birth in the late twentieth century. Familiar and surprising, moving and entertaining, and at times perversely reassuring, Louisa Lane Fox's selection demonstrates that though we may sometimes think that raising children in the twenty-first century is harder than ever before, the anxieties, hopes, difficulties and fears of parenthood have not, fundamentally, changed over the years.

About the Author

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.

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Publication date

17th September 2009


Louisa Lane Fox

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Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd




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