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SUMMARY The Family from One End Street

He small town of Otwell The father is a dustman and the mother a washerwoman but because the Imagine if you will bird chirping weather the fragrance of warm sun dried cotton clothes lying on a beach with your talkative family and wriggling your toes in the sand as you snarfed down sandwiches and slabs of fruit cake the nervous excitement of visiting your first ever unsupervised birthday party and then returning home with that pleasant tiredness your utter awe of the darkened movie theatre and the smell of popcorn tantalising your senses the small thrill of curling up in bed with an old dog eared book facing mum s wrath when you came home with scabby knees unravelling pigtails and a huge grin on your faceNow tie all that up and what you have is a childhood that didn t have much technology but what it did have was a tremendous capacity to create happy memories The Family from One End Street is one such tale Meet The Ruggles family that lives at No1 One End Street in the fictional town of Otwell Jo Ruggles is the local dustman and his wife Rosie is the local washerwoman Jo and Rosie s singular source of pride is their large brood of seven children Yep you read it right Seven children And each of these seven children has a distinctive personality and the promising ability to get into all kinds of mischief and mayhem The Ruggles family is always low on funds but never on dignity The Senior Ruggles rule their little clan with a blend of old fashioned discipline gentle cajolement and a gruff optimismThe book is in episodic form with the total absence of an continuing plotline Each chapter is devoted to the dreams dramas and escapades of each the Ruggle children And sometimes even their long suffering parents The beauty of their mini stories lies in the joy that they manage to eke out of their meagre means Luckily the author s narration never has a patronizing accent You don t have weeping sagas about the travails of tight purses What you have is an honest portrayal of playtime in hand me down clothes We have all loved us some Famous Five Whether it were boat trips to family islands or bicycle trips to farmhouses run by rosy cheeked farmwives or the endless summer trips that were remembered for the glorious picnic baskets we loved them allBut what about the slightly shabbily shod children who leaned over the fence and watched the FIVE ride along in their uaint caravans What did those kids do to enjoy summer in all it s sweltering gloryEve Garnett gives us a glimpse into the possible lives of such kids albeit in an urban settingThe book is a winner and was regarded as a groundbreaker back in the days when most children s books were rooted in middle class sensibilities If you need further urgingthe book was nominated along with The Hobbit for the Carnegie Medal for Best Children s Book and WON Yep it left our beloved Bilbo Baggins behind So do read the book You won t be disappointed It is sweet honest and redolent with the whiff of a childhood that was devoid of apps

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The Family from One End Street

A story of everyday life in the from One PDFEPUB #190 big happy Ruggles family who live in t Eve Garnett s 1937 novel The Family from One End Street might well read a bit too obviously episodically for those readers who always do desire and crave a specific and mostly straightforward plot line in a novel and is also and indeed as well as naturally an object a book of its time of late 1930s England and as such a time when there was still a very real and palpable societal and cultural attitude of not striving too much to rise above one s supposed station one s place in a stratified society And therefore even though and recent literary critics as well as political activists have increasingly faulted and even at times actively and vociferously condemned the author for supposedly sporting and promoting a patronising and paternalistic attitude towards the Ruggles towards the main protagonists of The Family From One End Street which according to them to these theorists and activists is meant to keep the family firmly in place as members of the labouring classes as members of the so called working poor the portraits of the Ruggles family as presented in The Family From One End Street are all and sundry realistically drawn for and according to the novel s time and its place from the dialogues the words uttered by the family to their relationships and antics their various adventures and numerous varied escapadesNow for our modern sensibilities The Family From One End Street might very well sometimes feel a bit politically and socially awkward and uncomfortable but for its time for 1937 it was indeed and truly an absolute break through in British children s literature being one of the very first novels conceptualised for children that did not specifically focus on upper middle andor aristocratic characters but on the labouring classes on a working class family with seven children where the father is a dustman and the mother a washerwoman And from a historical point of view Eve Garnett who wanted with her The Family From One End Street to raise public awareness about what family life what life in general was like for a large working class family living existing just above the poverty line actually did very much succeed with and in her endeavour even if today s readers might consider especially her tone of narrative voice a bit patronising at times and feel that the presented text is like that of a distant outsider narrator and observer looking in as Garnett herself was of course not of the labouring classes was upper middle class and had therefore never experienced poverty or life just above just skirting the poverty line However in my opinion with Garnett s novel with The Family From One End Street the barriers of the working classes not being considered as adeuate and as acceptable main protagonists in British children s literature were definitely even if not right away completely broken at least rendered open and as such probableAnd while we as modern and contemporary readers would and yes even should of course not be at all surprised at or in any way shocked by presented social and cultural themes such as hand me down clothing or issues with worn out footwear and how to cheaply obtain reasonable replacements if one does not have much disposable cash appearing in children s literature and while in North America and even in much of continental Europe children s literature featuring the working classes had in fact been depicted much earlier than the 1930s at least sporadically Eve Garnett was definitely and should be much feted as a true United Kingdom pioneer as one of the very first British children s literature authors to actively and deliberately present the lives and times of the working classes both realistically and also with a much appreciated sense and dose of humour and adventure of funNow personally I have found the diverse characters the episodic adventures of especially the Ruggles children both authentic feeling and thoughtdiscussion conducing I have always very much enjoyed reading what I call and label slice of life descriptions and depictions and The Family From One End Street absolutely and glowingly has fit the proverbial bill for me so to speak presenting a realistic portrait of 1930 s England from the point of view of not the upper but the lower echelons of society a much rewarding and also appreciatively entertaining reading experience as long as one also strives to remember that the various episodic antics and adventures the general themes are shown through the filter of the author of Eve Garnett who due to the fact that she definitely was of a considerably higher social status than the Ruggles family than her featured characters of course lacks the immediacy of personal experience and also does at least sometimes show a perspective that while always sympathetic also has the unfortunate but realistic tendency to come across as a trifle superior not in any way enough to actively reject The Family From One End Street as a novel but enough to make one think ponder and discuss

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Y are poor the children find even greater opportunities for adventure in their ordinary live British working class family Really good stories Realistic and fun I m delighted to have found this authorI loved it again upon a second reading for my book group We read it because I bought everyone copies They couldn t say no I hope they liked it tooTurns out everyone liked it Sparked lots of discussion of the way things were Remembering our childhoods and made us think of the documentary series 7 Up


10 thoughts on “The Family from One End Street

  1. says:

    Eve Garnett's 1937 novel The Family from One End Street might well read a bit too obviously episodically for those readers who always do desire and crave a specific and mostly straightforward plot line in a novel and is also and indeed as well as naturally an object a book of its time of late 1930s England and as such a time when there was still a very real and palpable societal and cultural attitude of not striving too much to rise abov

  2. says:

    This when I was growing up was pretty near being The Best Book Ever I read it over and over again and it delighted me every timeit s

  3. says:

    It's the classic story of life in a big happy family And with seven children you know there won't be a dull moment Each c

  4. says:

    Imagine if you will bird chirping weather the fragrance of warm sun dried cotton clothes lying on a beach with your talkative family and wriggling your toes in the sand as you snarfed down sandwiches and slabs of fruit cake the nervous excite

  5. says:

    I’m so pleased that I finally read this 1937 children’s classic There’s a beauty and timelessness about it despite being a little cliched and dated It really captures the freedom and fears of childhood so beautifully

  6. says:

    We loved reading about this large family struggling to make ends meet in the 1930s I read this as a child about

  7. says:

    I learned about Eve Garnett’s ‘Family from One End Street’ series from Lucy Mangan’s reading memoir titled

  8. says:

    I read only one chapter the one where Lily Rose irons a silk petticoat with a hot iron in a magazine when I was a child My only ambition then was to try out a hot iron on my mother's taffeta petticoat to see whether it shrunk to a dol

  9. says:

    British working class family Really good stories Realistic and fun I'm delighted to have found this authorI loved

  10. says:

    Just started it It's not unlike Elizabeth Enright's 'Melendy Books' Set a little earlier 1930s not 40s but some similar humour and sym

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