05 August, 2015

Common people by Alison Light

How better to acknowledge Family History Month than to check out a family history book? 

Alison Light may be a professor of literature and culture, but she is also a family historian. Divided into four sections – one for each grandparent and their family – Common people is an exploration into her family’s past. A past that was mostly forgotten and not discussed. 

Although very English-based, there will be aspects that resonate with New Zealanders and their family histories. Many of our ancestors will have come to New Zealand for the same reasons Light’s ancestors migrated around England – work and family. And, many of our ancestors will have been ‘common people’, just like Light’s. 

Absorbing, this is a recommended read for family history fans, or those intrigued by the history of the everyday person in industrial England. 

Inspired by this, check out Writing your family history: a New Zealand guide by Joan Rosier-Jones.

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

Recommended by Annie C, Helensville Library. 

Annie C is a voracious and versatile reader, but her habitual reads are fantasy, romance, and a diverse selection of non-fiction subjects. 

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