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(2004)
The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived in Our House
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Ever thought about all the people who lived in your house before you did? well, come meet their type in this enthralling history of an ordinary British family home that digs up layer upon layer of past lives to illuminate our own times, our family life and our heritage This is the biography of a house, the history of a home. It's an ordinary 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. That is exactly what Julie Myerson set out to do. She lives in a typical 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 archaelogist, she found herself blowing the dust off files that no-one had touched since the last sheet of paper in them was typed. As she scraped the years away, underneath she found herself embroiled in a detective hunt as gripping as any noir, and then in another and another... Bit by bit, she started to piece together the story of her house, built in 1877, as told by its former occupants in their own words and deeds. The book she has made of that story uncovers a lost 130-year history of happiness and grief, change and prudence, poverty and affluence, social upheaval and technological advance. Most of us are dimly aware that we are not the first person to turn a key in our front door lock. But 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.



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January 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: Home: The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived in Our House
Author(s): Julie Myerson
ISBN: 0-00-714823-2 / 978-0-00-714823-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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January 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: Home: The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived in Our House
Author(s): Julie Myerson
ISBN: 0-00-714822-4 / 978-0-00-714822-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Flamingo
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January 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Home: The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived in Our House
Author(s): Julie Myerson
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Availability: Amazon UK