The Cambridge Childhood of Darwin's Granddaughter
Illustrated by Gwen Raverat
The captivating memoir of an unusual 19th-century childhood from pioneering wood engraver, and Charles Darwin’s granddaughter, Gwen Raverat.
‘Period Piece is an altogether delightful book … the humour is infectious, the figures endearingly ridiculous and admirable human beings … Mrs Raverat is not a Darwin for nothing.’
- Times Literary Supplement
Gwen Raverat (1885–1957), granddaughter of the legendary Charles Darwin and friend of Virginia Woolf and Rupert Brooke, is widely recognised as one of the finest wood engravers of the 20th century. But Period Piece is her outstanding achievement, a minor masterpiece of English autobiography, that combines the nostalgia of Laurie Lee’s Cider with Rosie and the dry wit of the Grossmiths’ a The Diary of a Nobody with a charm that is all its own.
Bound in 'Cambridge Blue' in printed cloth blocked in gold
Set in Caslon
Title-page spread and 76 integrated black & white illustrations
8½˝ × 6¼˝