We Learnt about Hitler at the Mickey Mouse Club: A Childhood on the Eve of War

October 29, 2020
We Learnt about Hitler at the Mickey Mouse Club: A Childhood on the Eve of War

Enid Elliot Linder was the daughter of a butler and alady's maid in service in some of England's grandest countryhouses. Evoking the lost world of a childhood 'below stairs', Linder'stouching memoir describes how her life changed as Britain headedtowards war.After the family moved to a Marylebone tenement, her fathersought work in London restaurants whilst battling personal demons.Meanwhile Linder's aunt was nanny to a high-ranking member of theBritish Union of Fascists as they grew in influence.In a photorealistic and immensely charming narrative reminiscentof Patrick Hamilton, Linder evokes the sights and smells of prewarLondon - and of lonely Cornwall, to where she was unhappilyevacuated - in a way that will appeal to fans of Call TheMidwife or Downton Abbey. A unique personal accountof a tumultuous time.