Home: The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived in Our House

Home: The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived in Our House Ever thought about all the people who lived in your house before you Julie Myserson did, and set out to learn as much as she could about their often fascinating lives house, an ordinary home, and ordinary people have lived in it for over a century But start to explore what they did, who they were, what they believed in, what they desired and they soon become as remarkable, as complicated, as fascinating as anyone Victorian terraced family house, of average size, in a typical Victorian suburb Clapham and she loves it She wanted to find out how much those who preceded her loved living there, so she spent hours and hours in the archives at the Family Record Office, the Public Record Office at Kew, local council archives and libraries across the country Like an archaeologist, she found herself blowing the dust off files that no one had touched since the last sheet of paper in them was typed detective hunt as, bit by bit, she started to piece together the story of her house, built in , as told by its former occupants in their own words and deeds And so she met the bigamist, the Tottenham Hotspur fanatic, the Royal Servent, the Jamaican family and all the rest of the eccentric and entertaining former occupents ofLillieshall Road The book uncovers a lostyear history of happiness and grief, change and prudence, poverty and affluence, social upheaval and technological advance our front door lock, yet we rarely confront the shadows that inhabit our homes But once you do and Julie Myerson shows you how you will never bear to part from their company again This is your home s story too I saw a review about this book several years ago and added it to my wishlist on BookCrossing My P365 Secret Santa sent me this copy for Christmas I realize it has taken me quite some time to finish reading the book, but I have been reading it off and on the entire time I enjoyed it very much, and the subject matter lends itself to reading in bit and pieces I guess it means I ve been able to enjoy the book over several months, because I don t think there was a single month when I didn t read I saw a review about this book several years ago and added it to my wishlist on BookCrossing My P365 Secret Santa sent me this copy for Christmas I realize it has taken me quite some time to finish reading the book, but I have been reading it off and on the entire time I enjoyed it very much, and the subject matter lends itself to reading in bit and pieces I guess it means I ve been able to enjoy the book over several months, because I don t think there was a single month when I didn t read any of it.Julie Myerson was already a published author when she began to wonder about all the people who had lived in her family s house over its 130 year history She decided to make that a research project and write about the book She learnt a lot about how to research people and families, aided by her husband, and occasionally her teenaged daughter Her two sons don t seem to have helped with the research, but they showed some interest in what she found Myerson then also became interested in the different houses she had called home over the years, and goes to see what has become of them.This is mostly non fiction, Myerson telling of the process of her research and what she has found, but also partly fiction She uses her imagination to paint pictures of what the people might have thought and done Sometimes she learns a new fact and goes back and re imagines the scene from a different angle.At the very end of the book, there is a website to check up on what else has been found out about the house I will look that up, and find the house on the map, too I really enjoyed the idea of this book and researching the history and people who lived in their home before them And I really enjoyed the first half of the book.,then, it lost me with its repetition I just got bored, but I may eventually finish it out of curiosity. I really liked the concept of this book and it made me think about my house and the previous homes that i have lived in i didn t like mix of non fiction and fiction in this book, it didnt work for me i think she should have just stuck to a non fiction, factual book as i found it really interesting how she found out about all these families I found myself skipping the made up stories of the people, especially towards the end of the book when she was in the 1800s Overall I did enjoy it but fou I really liked the concept of this book and it made me think about my house and the previous homes that i have lived in i didn t like mix of non fiction and fiction in this book, it didnt work for me i think she should have just stuck to a non fiction, factual book as i found it really interesting how she found out about all these families I found myself skipping the made up stories of the people, especially towards the end of the book when she was in the 1800s Overall I did enjoy it but found it a little hard going at times I stayed up until 5 o clock in the morning reading this Well, OK, I couldn t sleep, so I kept turning the light on and reading just onechapter I d give it slightly less than 5 stars if not for this fact, because I did find that at times I got a bit confused by the enormous cast of historical characters Myerson unearthed in her research But I found it utterly fascinating, and completely understand the impulse to go back and find out, as Myerson did, as much as she could about every per I stayed up until 5 o clock in the morning reading this Well, OK, I couldn t sleep, so I kept turning the light on and reading just onechapter I d give it slightly less than 5 stars if not for this fact, because I did find that at times I got a bit confused by the enormous cast of historical characters Myerson unearthed in her research But I found it utterly fascinating, and completely understand the impulse to go back and find out, as Myerson did, as much as she could about every person who had ever lived in her London home in its 130 year history.It also was a most poignant read, as she writes about her own family, now deeply damaged by the drug addiction of her son, which she documents in her new book The Lost Child I haven t read that book yet, but have read a lot of the commentary around it, and so was sad to see this family a few years earlier and a few of the storm clouds gathering, as well.Left my library copy renewed with my parents to read, and they both loved it too Recommended, if you re fascinated by history and people 2010 bookcrossing Wow, this was such a good read Certainly a long one, not something to be rushed over, but I did really enjoy it I didn t realise how much information it s possible to get about people, and to see how much detail she managed to get together in the end is quite impressive.I loved this idea of history that goes with the house, and how the residents become part of that I know some people say they wouldn t want to live anywhere that someone has died, but that kind of thing doesn 2010 bookcrossing Wow, this was such a good read Certainly a long one, not something to be rushed over, but I did really enjoy it I didn t realise how much information it s possible to get about people, and to see how much detail she managed to get together in the end is quite impressive.I loved this idea of history that goes with the house, and how the residents become part of that I know some people say they wouldn t want to live anywhere that someone has died, but that kind of thing doesn t really go through my mind We moved into our first house recently, but it s only 40 50 years old, so I don t suppose there s that much history to it yet In a way, this all almost relates to bookcrossing in that we re following the biographies of these books and seeing where they go and what the next reader does with them.I did get a bit muddled with all of the names and the family trees from time to time there was a lot in there I can imagine this must be a great book for anyone who actually did live there I wonder what will happen to it all when she eventually moves out I tried the website given at the end of the book but nothing comes up Maybe they re not thinking about this project any.Occasionally I got the slightest sensation of a patronising attitude towards old people that when you get to a certain age you will be decrepid and you will be senile Which was a bit dull but I didn t pick up on this all the time, so it is a very minor winge I was quite surprised to find this book getting some lousy ratings when I looked it up onas I really enjoyed it It s subtitled The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived in Our House and I think it manages to tell that story nicely It s not how to find out the history of your own house and it is a story don t read it if you wouldn t normally read a novel.I thought the stuff about the author s own life for example her thinking about all the houses that she d lived in and what happened th I was quite surprised to find this book getting some lousy ratings when I looked it up onas I really enjoyed it It s subtitled The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived in Our House and I think it manages to tell that story nicely It s not how to find out the history of your own house and it is a story don t read it if you wouldn t normally read a novel.I thought the stuff about the author s own life for example her thinking about all the houses that she d lived in and what happened there and her family for example the reactions of her own children to finding out about and in some cases meeting people who have lived in their house were great additions to the story of the house itself In many cases Myerson expands on the facts that she s discovering by inventing tales about the previous residents embellishing facts rather than inventing I suppose and I thought these bits worked well It could have turned out to be a dull parade of facts about a house but it wasn t Novelist and columnist Julie Myerson attempts to trace the histories of everyone who ever lived in her Victorian house, which entails many hours in dusty archives, contacting hundreds of people who may be descendants, and imagining the lives of her homes past inhabitants She also revisits the houses she herself lived in throughout her life and tries to make sense of a difficult relationship with her father.This is an interesting book, in turn history, autobiography and fiction as regards the d Novelist and columnist Julie Myerson attempts to trace the histories of everyone who ever lived in her Victorian house, which entails many hours in dusty archives, contacting hundreds of people who may be descendants, and imagining the lives of her homes past inhabitants She also revisits the houses she herself lived in throughout her life and tries to make sense of a difficult relationship with her father.This is an interesting book, in turn history, autobiography and fiction as regards the detailed imaginings about the lives of the house s original incumbents , but it felt too long to me and I found myself flagging the middle Perhaps would be best suited to reading in sections and not straight through from beginning to end interesting idea, but I was bored She presented the investigation of all the people who lived in her home before her in a too detached dry way that lost my interest. I got quite obsessed with this book Just the sort of thing that really gets me going I ve lived in old houses and would love to know who has lived in them before me So this was right up my street I wanted to knowso I kept Googling after I d finished it and only then discovered that Julia Myerson is the author of the Guardian column Living with teenagers and, I came to understand, a revealing book about her son s drug addiction Yes, I m slow on the uptake, I know Not that this rea I got quite obsessed with this book Just the sort of thing that really gets me going I ve lived in old houses and would love to know who has lived in them before me So this was right up my street I wanted to knowso I kept Googling after I d finished it and only then discovered that Julia Myerson is the author of the Guardian column Living with teenagers and, I came to understand, a revealing book about her son s drug addiction Yes, I m slow on the uptake, I know Not that this reality should take anything away from my enjoyment of Home , but I was sad to think that the engaging child and happy family described in the book were no longer like that But my fault for not just leaving well alone

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