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Josephine Ferguson is anything but a celebrity, but she tells an engaging story of her life and times. This memoir of the daughter of a cavalry major in the Indian army begins in 1916 and ends in the 1950s, telling of the author’s grandfather and her prestigious family connections with lords and viceroys, including Gordon of Khartoum. Josephine, his modest grandaughter,however, owing to 'a complete lack of 'push', was to descend into the shallows of extreme serfdom on a typewriter.' It begins rather like a family scrapbook not aimed at the general reader, but soon the wry accounts of private schools and falling finances start to amuse and engage. It is as much a cultural history as a family document, always keeping an eye on public events and changing attitudes to dress, manners and education. The writer constantly deplores the passing of old ways when, it seems, standards were high and people were reliable. She can get quite cross about ‘young people, these days’ sounding off thus:‘It seems that inverted snobbery has taken such a hold on this country that anyone who speaks correct English is suspected of being a Tory and therefore BAD.’ Despite bouts of invective against falling standards, the author is frequently amusing, especially over her many humble jobs as office girl, typist and, eventually, ship’s purser - all the time on the lookout for a husband. Full of jokes and good fun, this is an entertaining nostalgic read.