Naomi Mitchison had a long and eventful life spanning most of the twentieth century. As a writer she was amazingly prolific, with published work in every field of literature from poetry and historical fiction to politics and history. She also found time for, among other things, dedicated political involvement, running a farm in Argyllshire, raising a large family and being the mentor and confidante of a small African nation.
The autobiography of the first twenty years of this very remarkable life was written as two books, covering the period from 1897 to 1918. They are here re-published in a single volume.
Small Talk - memories of an Edwardian childhood within an extended family with homes in Oxford, Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands. The vivid imagination, for which all her work is famous, enabled the mature woman to write with perceptive hindsight about her privileged and educated background and her own childish impressions of this life.
All Change Here - girlhood and marriage bring new freedoms, joys and conflicts to the story. The young waman's skills as a writer, and the strong self knowledge which carried her through her unique life, begin to reveal themselves against the backdrop of the First World War.
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