North and SouthBook - 1999
History ignores what literature does not: ordinary people, families, jobs, humble expectations, the etiquette of simply being alive. So history may divide England into two nations, the industrial North and the agricultural South, but it fails to examine the social and human roots of that notion -- unlike Beryl Bainbridge in this illuminating chronicle of six representative English families, three in the North and three in the South, which defines not only the geographical borders that divide them but also examines the circumstances of birth, class, economic opportunity, and social custom that confine them.However common their experience -- coming of age during the depression that followed World War I and then experiencing the hardships of a second world war to become ultimately the beneficiaries of the Welfare State and of technological advances beyond their dreams -- the principals in these tales, based on a popular BBC television series, are far more distinctively the products of a place than of a time.
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, 1999, c1987.
Branch Call Number: 942. 085 BAI
Characteristics: 174 p. ; 23 cm.