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Author Light, Alison, 1955- author.

Title Common people : the history of an English family / Alison Light.

Published London : Fig Tree, an imprint of Penguin Books, 2014.
London Fig Tree, an imprint of Penguin Books, 2014.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  305.562094 LIGH    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxix, 322 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits, genealogical tables ; 24 cm
Notes Illustration on lining papers.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [255]-305) and index.
Summary "Family history is a massive phenomenon of our times, but what are we after when we go in search of our ancestors? Beginning with her grandparents, Alison Light moves between the present and the past in an extraordinary series of journeys over two centuries, across Britain and beyond. Needlemakers, sailors, servants, bricklayers - how is the historian to understand the lives of those forebears who left few traces except the barest record - no diaries, letters, or possessions, and sometimes not even a grave?Epic in scope and deep in feeling, Common People is a family history but also a new kind of public history, following the lives of the migrants who travelled the country looking for work. Original and eloquent, it is a timely rethinking of who the English were - but ultimately it reflects on history itself and on our constant need to know who went before us and what we owe them." --Publisher.
Other formats Also issued online.
Subject Light, Alison, 1955- -- Family.
Light family -- Genealogy.
Working class -- England -- Portsmouth -- Biography.
Working class -- England -- Portsmouth -- History.
Working class families -- England -- Portsmouth -- Biography.
Portsmouth (England) -- Genealogy.
England -- Genealogy.
Variant Title History of an English family.
ISBN 9781905490387