The story of an English country house and the very different groups of people it shelters in wartime.The Laurences have lived at Levet since the time of George III, but the family is now effectively shrunk to Sara, the younger Mrs Laurence, a former actress unhappy in surroundings alien to her, and her mother in law Lydia, still striving to uphold the old values The domeThe story of an English country house and the very different groups of people it shelters in wartime.The Laurences have lived at Levet since the time of George III, but the family is now effectively shrunk to Sara, the younger Mrs Laurence, a former actress unhappy in surroundings alien to her, and her mother in law Lydia, still striving to uphold the old values The domestic staff is ruled by Cook and an elderly Nannie, who finds new purpose when evacuees Mrs Vidler and her children Tommy, Rosie and baby Herbert arrive from the East End They all struggle with the fortunes of war and the changing social order, but it is the worst winter in living memory that succeeds in uniting these disparate inhabitants of Levet and lets them move on to new and different lives.
The Winter is Past The story of an English country house and the very different groups of people it shelters in wartime The Laurences have lived at Levet since the time of George III but the family is now effectively s
Title: The Winter is Past
Author: Noel Streatfeild
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Mary Noel Streatfeild, known as Noel Streatfeild, was an author best known and loved for her children s books, including Ballet Shoes and Circus Shoes She was born on Christmas Eve, 1895, the daughter of William Champion Streatfeild and Janet Venn and the second of six children to be born to the couple Sister Ruth was the oldest, after Noel came Barbara, William Bill , Joyce who died of TB prior to her second birthday and Richenda Ruth and Noel attended Hastings and St Leonard s Ladies College in 1910 As an adult, she began theater work, and spent approximately 10 years in the theater During the Great War, in 1915 Noel worked first as a volunteer in a soldier s hospital kitchen near Eastbourne Vicarage and later produced two plays with her sister Ruth When things took a turn for the worse on the Front in 1916 she moved to London and obtained a job making munitions in Woolwich Arsenal At the end of the war in January 1919, Noel enrolled at the Academy of Dramatic Art later Royal Academy in London In 1930, she began writing her first adult novel, The Whicharts, published in 1931 In June 1932, she was elected to membership of PEN Early in 1936, Mabel Carey, children s editor of J M Dent and Sons, asks Noel to write a children s story about the theatre, which led to Noel completing Ballet Shoes in mid 1936 In 28 September 1936, when Ballet Shoes was published, it became an immediate best seller.According to Angela Bull, Ballet Shoes was a reworked version of The Whicharts Elder sister Ruth Gervis illustrated the book, which was published on the 28th September, 1936 At the time, the plot and general attitude of the book was highly original, and destined to provide an outline for countless other ballet books down the years until this day The first known book to be set at a stage school, the first ballet story to be set in London, the first to feature upper middle class society, the first to show the limits of amateurism and possibly the first to show children as self reliant, able to survive without running to grownups when things went wrong.In 1937, Noel traveled with Bertram Mills Circus to research The Circus is Coming also known as Circus Shoes She won the Carnegie gold medal in February 1939 for this book In 1940, World War II began, and Noel began war related work from 1940 1945 During this time, she wrote four adult novels, five children s books, nine romances, and innumerable articles and short stories On May 10th, 1941, her flat was destroyed by a bomb Shortly after WWII is over, in 1947, Noel traveled to America to research film studios for her book The Painted Garden In 1949, she began delivering lectures on children s books Between 1949 and 1953, her plays, The Bell Family radio serials played on the Children s Hour and were frequently voted top play of the year Early in 1960s, she decided to stop writing adult novels, but did write some autobiographical novels, such as A Vicarage Family in 1963 She also had written 12 romance novels under the pen name Susan Scarlett Her children s books number at least 58 titles From July to December 1979, she suffered a series of small strokes and moved into a nursing home In 1983, she received the honor Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE On 11 September 1986, she passed away in a nursing home.