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The Resource No More Meadows, Monica Dickens

No More Meadows, Monica Dickens

Label
No More Meadows
Title
No More Meadows
Statement of responsibility
Monica Dickens
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Biographical or historical data
Great grand daughter to Charles Dickens, Monica (1915-1992) was born into an upper middle class family. Disillusioned with the world she was brought up in - she was expelled from St Paul's Girls' School in London for throwing her school uniform over Hammersmith Bridge - Dickens then decided to go into service, despite coming from the privileged class; her experiences as a cook and general servant would form the nucleus of her first book, One Pair Of Hands in 1939. Dickens married an American Navy officer, Roy O. Stratton, and spent much of her adult life in Massachusetts and Washington D.C., but the majority of writing continued to be set in Britain. Her book of 1953, No More Meadows, reflected her work with the NSPCC and she later helped to found the American Samaritans in Massachusetts. Between 1970 and 1971 she wrote a series of children's books known as The Worlds End Series which dealt with rescuing animals, and to some extent children. After the death of her husband in 1985, Dickens returned to England where she continued to write until her death aged 77.
Cataloging source
UK-WkNB
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Dickens, Monica
Dewey number
AF
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
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  • Man-woman relationships
  • Marriage
  • General
Summary expansion
'Times are changed with him who marries; there are no more bypath meadows where you may innocently linger, but the road lies long and straight and dusty to the grave.' So wrote Robert Louis Stevenson. Christine feels bound to agree. 'My wife can do anything,' Vinson says. Struggling to comply with this statement, Christine has to adjust to life in America, whilst catering to Vinson's idea of a good spouse. She must force a sycophantic smile for the wife of Admiral Hamer (who wears patent-leather shoes like bananas) in an effort to ease his promotion. There must be a cold Turkey and a cold ham at every party and she must suffer her ridiculous mother-in-law. Bitter arguments are relieved by bleak silences. As the realities of married life wash away her rosy dream of it, Christine begins to wonder if Vinson is really what she wants. First published in 1953, No More Meadows unravels the threads of a very real marriage. Full of her inimitable warmth and sense of idiosyncratic character, Monica Dickens explores Christine's heart-warming -- and at times heart-breaking - search for happiness
Target audience
general
Label
No More Meadows, Monica Dickens
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Paperback. Trade paperback (UK)
Control code
9781448203116
Dimensions
23x15x2 cm.
Extent
434 p.
Isbn
9781448203116
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
b&w, ill.
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
No More Meadows, Monica Dickens
Publication
Note
Paperback. Trade paperback (UK)
Control code
9781448203116
Dimensions
23x15x2 cm.
Extent
434 p.
Isbn
9781448203116
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
b&w, ill.
Specific material designation
regular print

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