Category Archives: Thirties

My Career Begins

I did not know it at the time but we were on the edge of a new interest in old books. There had always been antique shops, but not many. Most people preferred new furniture when they bought a house. … Continue reading

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A Good Start for Children

I have now reached the point when I started my first successful business as a bookseller. You may be wondering how I found my way through my childrens’ early years and managed at the same time to lay the foundation … Continue reading

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Jean Pain Bookseller

Jean Pain, Antiqueseller is dead. Jean Pain, Bookseller is born. It took me a good two or three weeks to get all the bookshelves and their contents into my shop. What took longest was pricing all the books. How did … Continue reading

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Planning for the Future

We moved to Bedford when Kate was nearly two years old and the boys were eight and eleven. I knew that sooner or later we would run out of money. It was imperative that I should get a business going … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Event

It wasn’t as easy for Bob to find a teaching post as it was for me. He had to settle for a rather rough comprehensive school a few miles away from Harlow. At first he used to use the red … Continue reading

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The Family Reunited

At long last it was time for Bob to come home. He decided to go by ship to Italy, taking his car with him so that he could come home at his leisure, visiting some of the places in Europe … Continue reading

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Learning from Children

When my sons began to go to school I took up my post as a teacher at the nearest comprehensive school. I said that if either of my children fell ill I would have to take some time off. They … Continue reading

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Learning to Teach

I found a post at one of the new comprehensive schools. My first degree was in Hispanic Studies. The school already had a Spanish teacher but a maths teacher was badly needed. I had gained a distinction in maths in … Continue reading

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Temper Tantrums

It was wonderful to be back in England again with my sons. I went to Harlow New Town because my sister was there and I could help her to lighten the burden of Mother. We stayed at first in Mary’s … Continue reading

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Reluctant Revenge

My first reaction to being back home was one of joy. After a few days I began to realise just how much Quentin had suffered from my absence. It was easier for Robin because he was older. He missed me … Continue reading

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