Conversations with Sarah Rose Cook of Carlton Hill by Sara Yoemans:
One woman growing up in the 1930s Brighton: the spoken diary of Sarah Rose Cook
Sara Yeomans writes, “I met Mrs Cook in 1972, when we were living in Kemp Town in what had once been the servants’ quarters of a grand house in Lewes Crescent.”
The ‘spoken diary’ is an account of one woman growing up in 1920s and 1930s Brighton. There are recollections of how Mrs Cook lived as a child, the excitements and incidents that accompanied working-class life at the time in Brighton. Local streets, local shops, rented rooms, stalls, parties, and the beach and hotels in the town act as backdrop to her recollections.
The stories were written down in 1972 and 1973, when Sarah Cook was 67 and Sara Yeomans was 29. Some of the notes were written down by Sarah Cook and ‘posted through the letterbox’ when there was something to add to the memories, others told over ‘non-stop cups of tea’.
There is also a contribution from one of the daughters of Mrs Cook. Sara Yeomans went on to be an acclaimed novelist.
75 pages, 13cm x 19.5cm, 12 b&w photos of Brighton, and colour photos of Mrs Cook’s family.
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