With Love – the 1950s observed through the letters of two sisters

When my aunt, Gloria Geeve, died in 2008, we discovered a lifetime of correspondence in a suitcase in the attic. Most poignant of all were the letters between Gloria and her sister Laura – my mother – which detailed the travails of domestic life in the suburban austerity of 1950s Britain against the backdrop of their efforts to see the world and forge careers at a time when young women weren’t always so encouraged to seize the day. They are a treasure trove of social history. Edited and published as With Love, they take you back in time with their touching account of a close sisterly relationship which is touched by the signature events of the decade, from the Coronation to the Suez Crisis.

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