80. ONE FINE DAY: A JOURNEY THROUGH ENGLISH TIME

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80. ONE FINE DAY: A JOURNEY THROUGH ENGLISH TIME
James Holland, Ian Marchant
Friday 28th June 14:00 (60 Min)
Evelyn Partners Spiegeltent
As all men of a certain age must, Ian Marchant, acclaimed author of books on music, railways and pubs, decided to have a dig around his family history. Surprisingly quickly, a web search informed him that his seven-times-great great-grandfather Thomas Marchant had left a detailed diary from 1714 to 1728. Thom, it appeared, liked a drink and a game of cards – much like Ian – and so a friendship across time and generations developed. With fascinating detail we learn about Thom's family farm and fishponds; about dung, horses and mud; about beer, the wife's nights out, his own job troubles and their shared worries for their children. But as Ian digs deeper beyond the Sussex diary's bucolic portrait, he discovers a subtext - a family descended from immigrants, with anti-establishment politics, who are struggling with illness, political instability and cash crises - just as their countryfolk do three centuries on. Ian Marchant draws a living portrait of Marchant family life in the 1720s and how their England (rainy, muddy, politically turbulent, illness-ridden) became the England of the 2020s.
Event Theme: Society
£5.00
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