The Great Western Beach: A Memoir of a Cornish Childhood Between the Wars

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  • Title: The Great Western Beach: A Memoir of a Cornish Childhood Between the Wars
  • Author: Emma Smith
  • ISBN: 9780747595915
  • Page: 133
  • Format: Hardcover
The Great Western Beach: A Memoir of a Cornish Childhood Between the Wars

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About “Emma Smith

  • Emma Smith

    Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.EMMA SMITH was born in Cornwall in 1923 and was privately educated In 1939 she took her first job in the Records Department of the War Office before volunteering for work on the canals this gave her the material for Maidens Trip 1948 , which won the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize She spent the winter of 1946 7 with a documentary film unit in India and then lived in Paris and wrote The Far Cry 1949 , awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for the best novel of the year in English In 1951 Emma Smith married and had two children After her husband s death in 1957 she went to live in rural Wales she then published very successful children s books, short stories one of which was runner up in the 1951 Observer short story competition that launched the winner, Muriel Spark, on her career and, in 1978, her novel The Opportunity of a Lifetime Since 1980 she has lived in Putney in south west London.Note Information taken from Persephone Press site persephonebooks page



801 thoughts on “The Great Western Beach: A Memoir of a Cornish Childhood Between the Wars

  • A pleasant autobiography of one girl s childhood between the wars in Cornwall, England.It was ok, but nothing very interesting happens, nor are the characters developed to the point where I cared much what happened to them So as much as I enjoy slice of life stories I found this one a little bland and ultimately forgettable.For an un put down able Cornish autobiography try Emma Smith s a different Emma Smith A Cornish Waif s Story Perfection.


  • I picked up The Great Western Beach , Emma Smith s memoir of her Cornish childhood between the wars, with great expectations.I had lots of reasons for optimism I love childhood memoirs and I know Emma Smith to be a wonderful writer She writes of Newquay, a town that I know and worked in for a short period a few years ago It is very like the town I grew up in on the opposite coast of Cornwall and the author is of the same generation as my mother The Great Western Beach than lived up to my expect [...]


  • I ve read a few childhood memoirs, but this one is a little different Smith writes in first person present tense, so right off there s a sense of immediacy, and she is able to show the ironies of her family life quite deftly as a result Our parents are in a perpetual muddle as to where to draw the line between what to label right and what to label wrong For the line is variable It won t stop still It shifts and blursA young woman capable of dying her hair is capable, it goes without saying, of a [...]



  • I absolutely loved reading Emma Smith s memoir of a childhood in Cornwall where every weekend the Hallsmith family would take picnics, games, beachwear and swimming costumes to their favourite Cornish beaches Elspeth, the narrator, captivates us by using present tense and its immediacy to give us an insight into the magical times the children had Her parents are also happiest when they are on the beach but at home it is a different story with her father resentful that he has only a lowly occupat [...]


  • An interesting and often wittily written childhood memoir, from the 1920s and 1930s This true story was of particular interest to me as it was set in Newquay, Cornwall, where I regularly go to surf To read evocative descriptions of familiar beaches, local streets and places from 80 90 years ago was a fascinating step back in time Even interesting were the author s young child s perspective on her parents often antiquated views on such topics as fast and loose women , divorcees , local character [...]


  • Emma Smith s account of her childhood in Newquay, Cornwall, in the 1920s and 1930s, is highly enjoyable, but tinged with sadness Inbetween entertaining anecdotes about playing on the beach, outings, parties, eccentric people etc, is the constant theme of the baleful effect her bitter, unhappy father had on his family He longed for a career as an artist, but instead had to work as a bank clerk, a job he loathed, and considered beneath him His lack of money and social status, combined with his thw [...]


  • Both happy and sad.I went to school in Newquay in the late 60s so the descriptions of places and characters of the town were fascinating for me But the sad tale of a dysfunctional family, in part to possible PTSD, seems almost cathartic for the author Indeed to read and research about the family and what happens after.


  • A moving memoir of a 1923 to 1935 childhood on the Cornwall beaches in England Evocative and starkly honest Just what I look for in a memoir The author coming to terms with her own childhood and the dark spaces there.


  • An enjoyable read about Edwardian family life just after the first world war My main reason for reading it is I m reading anything and everything about Cornwall a the moment since I ll be visiting soon




  • Never have I read a enthralling memoir written from the vantage point of a young child Includes a vivid and tragic portrait of a bitter and frustrated artist, her father.


  • This was an engrossing memoir of Emma Smith s childhood It was written in the present tense which I didn t think I was going to like However it just made the memories vivid.


  • Audiobook version This was really nice to listen to there was something lulling about the first person present tense narration, like being on the phone to someone while they describe something that s happening in front of them There s a wonderful childlike innocence to the prose, and a gradual loss of that innocence as Elspeth grows up I especially enjoyed the scenes with Pam, Elspeth s stubborn older sister.


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