The Winspeare Lot – Pamela Howarth

(3 customer reviews)




The Winspeares are well-bred though not well-heeled, but optimistic and past-masters at making the best of things. Only average in looks, height and achievement, together they survive and flourish in a changing world.

Polly, the narrator, born in 1972, takes us back to November 1945, when the 12th baronet, determined not to lose Winspeare Hall, opens its doors to near and distant kin. Orphaned at the age of seven, Polly is mopped up into the family and records their lives and love-lives, their care of Cousin Georgie, who, ‘isn’t all there’, and their involvement in local events, the troubles in Northern Ireland, the Falklands and First Gulf Wars and National Elections. High spots in her life are school holidays when she and her young kinsman, Chad, are inseparable, a partnership that takes them into adult life.

What people are saying about The Winspeare Lot

3* “… charming novel… An endearing read” (The Lady, 18 Sep 2015)

What fun! I wish I were a member of that family.

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3 reviews for The Winspeare Lot – Pamela Howarth

  1. AnneS

    This is the charming story of the Winspeare family who own Winspeare Hall. Polly, a young orphaned family member narrates the story. Set against various important events such as the Falklands War and later the Gulf wars the story also concerns itself with everyday family matters and the struggle to keep Winspeare Hall running. Polly is a wonderful character – both naive and wise and we follow her as she grows into womanhood and falls in love. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was very well written with many fascinating characters and an interesting storyline. I look forward to reading more by the author, Pamela Howarth. This is a must read for anyone who enjoys family sagas. Lovers of Upstairs Downstairs and Downton Abbey as well as The Forsyte Saga will lap it up as I did. – Janette Silverman on Lulu

  2. AnneS

    I don’t normally read a lot, but this book kept me interested. A very good story, I am looking forward to her next one. – Philip Vale on Lulu

  3. AnneS

    Publisher’s Review

    This is Pamela’s first published novel, although not her first publication: she has written many short stories and articles for magazines.

    I found the book taking me back in time to another era – many of the events Polly recounts I remember watching on TV or hearing on the news. Growing up in rural England, however, her days of carefree youth and innocence extended beyond those of mine where concern for safety moved children off the street to play. The book’s simplistic narrative style captures Polly’s naive yet mature interpretation of events and people around her.

    There’s something in this book for the reader looking for a lighthearted, uplifting tale, but also for the reader looking for a little more in terms of cultural or social commentary. One of the things that struck me was that this was a book dealing with a different social class, that of the Conservative, rather than the working or labour class. Yet, unlike books dealing with aspiration or the dreamed of lifestyle, The Winspeare Lot adds a sense of reality to a family which recognises its responsibilities and status yet has to face the changing economic constraints within which it finds itself.

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