Free Read [Fiction Book] ☆ The Houses In Between - by Howard Spring ò

By Howard Spring | Comments: ( 998 ) | Date: ( Dec 12, 2019 )

In this book we follow the life of Sarah Rainborough from age 3 in 1851 to the end of her life in 1948 In the opening chapter Sarah is taken to Britain s Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace where she catches a glimpse of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert Throughout the novel Spring gives his readers the opportunity to share Sarah s perspective on English history whichIn this book we follow the life of Sarah Rainborough from age 3 in 1851 to the end of her life in 1948 In the opening chapter Sarah is taken to Britain s Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace where she catches a glimpse of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert Throughout the novel Spring gives his readers the opportunity to share Sarah s perspective on English history which for Sarah from age 3 on is somehow magically, metaphorically, reflected on the glass windows of the Crystal Palace As a matter of fact, we learn in the author s foreword that the title of this book comes from an old music hall song with the words, You could see the Crystal Palace if it wasn t for the houses in between.

  • Title: The Houses In Between
  • Author: Howard Spring
  • ISBN: 9781842323472
  • Page: 255
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Howard Spring

HOWARD SPRING was an immensely popular and successful writer, who enjoyed a large following of readers from the 1940s to the 1960s and though, since his death in 1965, he has become rather neglected, his books are still worth seeking out for their terrific storytelling and the quality of the writing He was certainly painstaking and professional in his approach Every morning he would shut himself in his study and write one thousand words, steadily building up to novels of around one hundred and fifty thousand words He rarely made major alterations to his writings all completed with a dip in pen Howard Spring started out as a journalist, but from 1934 produced a series of best selling novels, the most successful of which were My Son My Son and Fame is the Spur He was born in Cardiff in 1889 in humble circumstances, one of nine children and the son of a jobbing gardener who died while Howard was still at school He left school at the age of 12 to begin work as an errand boy, later becoming an office boy at a firm of accountants in Cardiff Docks, and then a messenger at the South Wales Daily News Spring was keen to train as a reporter, and was largely self taught he spent his leisure time learning shorthand and taking evening classes, where he studied English, French, Latin, mathematics and history He mastered English grammar by studying a book on the subject by William Cobbett He worked his way up to become a reporter on the South Wales Daily News, and then in 1911 he joined the Yorkshire Observer in Bradford By 1915 he was on the Manchester Guardian proof that he was a young man with much talent Soon afterwards he was called up for the Army Service Corps, where he served as a shorthand typist After the war, he returned to the paper in Manchester and worked as a reporter on a paper that allowed journalists to write and express themselves In 1931, after reporting on a political meeting at which Lord Beaverbrook was the speaker, Beaverbrook was so impressed by Spring s piece he described the man as a pedlar of dreams that he arranged for Spring to be offered a post with the Evening Standard in London, where he eventually became a book reviewer a successor to Arnold Bennett and J.B Priestley At the same time, Spring was developing his ambition to become a full time writer He thought he could do a lot better than many of the so called authors whose books he was asked to review His first book, Darkie and Co, came out in 1932 in this period he wrote a number of children s books for his sons , followed by his first novel, Shabby Tiger September 1934 and a sequel, Rachel Rosing 1935 His first major success came in February 1938 with My Son, My Son originally titled O Absalom, but, happily, changed when William Faulkner used a similar title in the United States , and in 1939 he was able to move to Cornwall to become a full time writer he and his wife, Marion, eventually settled at The White Cottage in Fenwick Road, where they remained for the rest of their married life In 1940, his best known work, Fame is the Spur, the story of a Labour leader s rise to power, was published This is without doubt a superb novel, and probably the one book by Spring that is still being read than 40 years after his death.During the war years Spring wrote two other novels, Hard Facts 1944 and Dunkerley s 1946 , and, subsequently he published There is No Armour 1948 , The Houses in Between 1951 , A Sunset Touch 1953 , These Lovers Fled Away 1955 , Time and the Hour 1957 , All The Day Long 1959 and I Met a Lady 1961 Spring also produced three volumes of autobiography Heaven Lies About Us 1939 , In the Meantime 1942 and And Another Thing 1946 which were later published in one volume as The Autobiography 1972 His last book was Winds of the Day 1964.It is relevant to note that many of his books had Manchester settings, which led to him being referred to as The Manchester Man , and

Comments The Houses In Between

  • Dorcas

    This is the fourth Howard Spring book I've read so far (feels like more than that since they're so chunky) and it's my favorite. Basically, the novel follows the life of Sarah from age 3 on her visit to the Crystal Palace with her parents to see the Queen, to her death at age 99, the last living of her generation. But it's so much more. Lives are not lived in a vacuum, and Sarah's life intertwines with many and varied people over some major global events (Queen Victoria's complete reign, The In [...]

  • Marina

    I enjoyed this book so much. At first I wasn't convinced a male author could write through the eyes of a female but I think Howard Spring really did an excellent job, a female author may have made the book more romantic maybe. This book has everything, including enough deaths to give Les Mis a run for its money. I didn't read the prologue until after I had finished the book and I'm glad for that as it didn't ruin the ending for me. It was a very sad day for me when I did complete the book, I was [...]

  • Jani

    I'm enjoying this novel, which I stumbled upon at the bottom of a bag full of rejected "antique" books. I thought I'd give it a chance and I'm glad I did. Fitting comfortably into the Bildungsroman (coming-of-age) genre, this is an engaging, often unexpectedly funny, glimpse into the life of a young, upper class, girl in Victorian England. So far we've had comedy, romance, tragedy, adventure, and action. This is an intriguing, intimate look at a historic period during which societies, convention [...]

  • Raquel Martin

    I discovered this book in my college library stacks at the end of my freshman year finals in 1965, when I was ready to read something for pleasure instead of studies. I fell in love with it, and have re-read it at least four or five times since then. it may be dated as others on have said, but it paints an incredible picture of Victorian life and all the lessons learned in a well-lived life. Very nostalgic, sometimes sad, but also uplifting. It's definitely worth reading!

  • Keith

    Howard Spring was a terrific writer whose novels were invariably very readable and absorbing. This was a very enjoyable read --a nostalgic experience, for I first discovered this novel many years ago, in the mid to late 1950s I think, and it was good to find that it is still as readable as it was then.

  • Carolyn Agosta

    This is the first book I've read by Howard Spring, but it will not be the last. I enjoy historical fiction, particularly family sagas, and this fits right in with that. The synopsis others have given is well-enough, but I would add that if you're a fan of Galsworthy, R.F. Delderfield, or Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, you will enjoy this book. The voice of the main character, Sarah Undridge, from age 3 to 97, covering the last half of the 19th century and first half of the 20th, is so 'right', so believ [...]

  • Sruthi

    A very informative and interesting book. History is brought alive through the story of a girl from her infancy to old age.Her growth and changes in history parallel each other as the story unfolds.

  • Carrie Carteret

    This is a wonderful family saga based on a woman's life spanning the second half of the nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth century, and set in London and Cornwall. The title comes from a music hall song which Spring remembered mentioning the Crystal Palace (though the lyrics as recorded mention other non-visible sites, but not the Crystal Palace). This symbol of peace and progress which was the protagonists's earliest memory is a recurring motif as the century darkens.Some of the cha [...]

  • Tina Naples

    It is so many years since I read all that Howard Spring wrote that I really must now find time to go back and re-read the rest of them. Such a good storyteller.

  • Jim

    A rather rambling story of a woman's life from the Great Exhibition to just after WWII. Many linked stories, some very interesting, some not. Quite dated now, not one of his best, but readable - very evocative descriptive passages here and there.

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