Saturday, February 27, 2010


"There is no end. There isn't, not really, is there? You could go on forever."

I've just finished reading Home: The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived In Our House by Julie Myerson, which I came across by accident at the library. In 2003 Julie researched the various individuals and families that have lived in her Clapham, London, home since it was built in 1872.

It's a fascinating book, both for the stories uncovered and to see research in action. And there's that thrill of familiarity as Julie discovers sources that we know all too intimately! There are plenty of sentiments expressed by Julie, her family, and the people she encounters that I know you will all recognise, so do keep an eye out for this book.


Sheena said...

I read the book a couple of years ago and know what you mean - it really does strike a chord. Maybe we could learn from her journalistic approach too. The sky won't fall in if we approach a total stranger who we might be realted to (at least that's the way I always feel), the worst they can say is "no".
Reading your post suddenly made me think her book's a bit like a microscopic one-place study!

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