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Penguin Books Limited, Jul 1, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 528 pages
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Hancox is the Tudor hall house in rural Sussex where Charlotte Moore grew up, and where she lives today. It's a time warp where little has changed since her family took it on in 1888. They were a diverse family of doctors and soldiers, liberal politicians and educational pioneers. What they all had in common though was a habit of writing everything down and never throwing anything away. Every cupboard and every drawer is crammed with relics of family history - letters, diaries, sketchbooks, photograph albums, even old shopping lists and chequebook stubs - which together constitute a huge archive of Victorian and Edwardian family life containing fascinating stories of love and jealousy, heroism and defeat, riches and poverty as well as snapshots of the wider world beyond of Hastings, London and the empire.

Told with a novelist's vigour, Hancox offers a richly detailed portrait of a vanished way of life: an English country house at the turn of the twentieth century, just before the tragedy of the First World War, with its presiding family, its servants, its farm and its local village.

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I loved this book so much i didn't want to finish it, as i live near to the places that were in the story i could imagine it all as if i were living in the Victorian times, a lovely book. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Charlotte Moore was born in 1959. She read English at St Anne's College, Oxford, and history of art at Birkbeck College, London. She has published four novels, Promises Past, Martha's Ark, My Sister Victoria and Grandmother's Footsteps; and a highly praised account of her life with her two autistic sons, George and Sam (Penguin, 2005), based on a column she wrote for the Guardian. She still lives at Hancox, together with George and Sam, and her third son, Jake.

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