Three Houses

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0120121224

A beautifully nostalgic childhood memoir of Britain in the late 1890s, written by the eminent author Angela Thirkell.

She recalls in rich detail, and with a delightful sense of humour, the three houses which were seminal to her youth.

The first is The Grange in North End Lane, Fulham, which was home to her grandfather, the pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones. She recalls that every Sunday her grandparents kept open house for their friends and that, given the chance, she would slip away from the august gathering to explore her grandfather's studio: "Sinister people called models lived there who had trays taken up to them at lunch and tea-time".

Read by Sian Thomas.

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.

0220121225

The author Angela Thirkell recalls her home in Kensington Square in the late 1890s.

The author Angela Thirkell recalls her home in Kensington Square in the late 1890s, popping in to visit her neighbour, Auntie Stella aka Mrs Patrick Campbell, and the tea-time visits from her adoring grandfather, the artist Edward Burne-Jones, who kept a pad of paper at her house to draw her enchanting pictures.

Read by Sian Thomas.

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.

0320121226

A beautifully nostalgic childhood memoir of Britain in the late 1890s, written by the eminent author Angela Thirkell.

She recalls in rich detail, and with a delightful sense of humour, the three houses which were seminal to her youth.

The third of the three houses is the country home of the author's grandfather, the artist Edward Burne-Jones. It is furnished with Morris wallpaper, Morris chintzes and carpets and a selection of beastly uncomfortable pre-Raphaelite chairs.

Read by Sian Thomas

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall.

A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.

The third of the Angela Thirkell's houses is the country home of Edward Burne-Jones.

0420121227

At her grandfather's house, Angela listens to her cousin Rudyard Kipling's new stories.

A beautifully nostalgic childhood memoir of Britain in the late 1890s, written by the eminent author Angela Thirkell.

She recalls in rich detail, and with a delightful sense of humour, the three houses which were seminal to her youth.

At her grandfather's house in Rottingdean, the author listens to her cousin's latest stories. The cousin is Rudyard Kipling and the tales are later published as The Just So Stories.

Read by Sian Thomas

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall

A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.

05 LAST20121228

It's Christmas at Rottingdean and the waits and the mummers are paying their calls.

A beautifully nostalgic childhood memoir of Britain in the late 1890s, written by the eminent author Angela Thirkell.

She recalls in rich detail, and with a delightful sense of humour, the three houses which were seminal to her youth.

It's Christmas at North End House in Rottingdean and the waits and the mummers are busy touring the village. But for one little girl, opening her stocking on her grandmother's bed, it's a tiny dormouse that steals the day.

Read by Sian Thomas

Abridged and produced by Jane Marshall.

A Jane Marshall production for BBC Radio 4.