Books Read During The Year

Peggy was an avid reader. Today I’m posting the first few books she listed as having read in 1936. The first three are by Dornford Yates: ‘Adèle & Co’, the well-mentioned ‘Berry & Co’ and ‘Anthony Lyveden’. Peggy’s opinion of these books was “Marvellous.

This is what says about Berry & Co: “This collection of short stories featuring ‘Berry’ Pleydell and his chaotic entourage established Dornford Yates’ reputation as one of the best comic writers in a generation, and made him hugely popular. The German caricatures in the book carried such a sting that when France was invaded in 1939 Yates, who was living near the Pyrenées, was put on the wanted list and had to flee.”

The next book on Peggy’s list was ‘The Willing Horse’ by Ian Hay. She thought it was “quite good.”

Next was another Dornford Yates book: ‘And Berry Came Too’, which Peggy thought was very good.

Last in this section was ‘Our Ambassador King’ (Edward VIII) by Basil Maine. Peggy thought it was Marvellous.

Books Read During The Year page in Peggy’s diary
And Berry Came Too, by Dornford Yates

Books Lent

Peggy filled in the ‘Books Lent’ page at the back of her diary. It seems that as well as borrowing “Berry & Co” she also lent it out. On January 23rd the lent it to J. Trench, on March 2nd to P. D. Miller and on March 7th she lent it to M. Dorting and Mrs Miller. It seems it was a very popular book! I have included a photo of the cover below.
On February 26th she also lent “George * & times” to Miss Willson. I’m not sure if this is George V or II. George V died on January 20th 1936 and the book was lent on February 26th 1936, but it could have been written before he died. I can’t find a book published before 1936 that corresponds with the title for either king.
Each of the books listed have ticks next to them, which suggests they were all returned, although the last one has a cross through it, which may be why it was the last time Berry & Co was lent out!

Books Lent page in Peggy’s diary
Berry & Co by Dornford Yates


The next page at the back of Peggy’s diary is for letters. She filled it in twice. On January 20th 1936 she received a letter from Annie and on January 26th she wrote to Annie, Susan and Joy. We know from the diary entries that she sent and received many more letters than this through the year, but clearly she didn’t keep up with recording them on this page! She also had a page dedicated to letters sent, but she didn’t fill it in.

Letters page from Peggy’s diary
Letter’s Sent page from Peggy’s diary


The next page in the back of Peggy’s diary is for her subject marks. She has filled it in for January, February and March 1936 with asterisks beside each of the following subjects: Arithmetic, English, Geography, Repetition, Piano (x4), drawing (x3), Order and Dorm. Presumably the categories she has stars for are her best areas.

‘Marks’ page from the diary

Irish Terrier Portrait

Peggy was a keen artist and a few of her sketches were found among her belongings after she died. In case you’ve missed the Dog of the Week posts from her diary, I will post one of her own drawings every Saturday. Here is her Irish Terrier, as modelled by Peter!

Irish Terrier sketch (Peter)

Luckley School Timetable

Peggy filled in the ‘School Timetable’ page of the diary for her Lent term at Luckley school.
On Mondays she had Gospel, Gym, Geometry, Geography, French and Science.
Tuesdays: Drawing, Grammar, French, Arithmetic, German and Handicraft (practice).
Wednesdays: Literature, Gym, Algebra, Singing, History and Games – Riding.
Thursdays: History, Geometry, German, Composition, O.T (office typing?) and sewing.
Fridays she had music, arithmetic, German, games, French and algebra (spelling).
Saturdays were taken up with Prep and matches (Lacrosse).

School timetable at Luckley School

Switzerland Journal December 26th 1936

Dec: 26th La Lenk.
A little village in the Swiss Alps. It is not very well known in England but in the winter most of the people who go there for winter sports are English. There are two big hotels_The Wildstrubel & Belview. Behind the village is the mountain Wildstrubel. At Lenk there is a ski jump high up above the slopes, and a skating rink. The band plays at the rink every morning from 11 to 1. Once or twice every 2 weeks there is “rink night” with the band playing at the rink from 9 to about 12. Magic lanterns are hung all round & there is a game of “curling”. If the rink is not too crowded on these nights & in the afternoons after tea, we can play ice hockey.
Some afternoons & nights you can go “tailing”. There are “concourses de ski” – ski-jumping & the “slalome”[sic]. You can be instructed for skiing & skating & there are the tests you can take for your 1st, 2nd & 3rd stars.
At the Hotel Wildstrubel there is dancing every other night & the band plays at tea time every other day.
There is a little train running from Lenk to Zweisimmen quite frequently which is the only train that comes to Lenk.

Gstaadt is quite a big town in the Swiss alps. It is not quite so high as Lenk. There is a big ice rink and a big, and one of the best, ski jumps. It is a well known place in England as it’s[sic] sport is good there. Some of the biggest ski people and skating people go there. Ruud, the world champion for ski jumping, who won the olympic cup in 1932 & 1936, was there for the ski jumping contest we saw. He did 68m. Rudy, the Swiss champion was also jumping_he did 65.

Zweisimmen. A little town in the Swiss Alps. It is a junction for quite a lot of the villages round about.

Switzerland Journal December 26th 1936

Switzerland Journal November 26th 1936

Thurs: Nov 26th. Le Tartuff*. A play written by Molier. It is a comedy about a family, the father of which is very fond of a man called Tartuff who is a hypocrite. Orgon, the father, offers Tartuff his daughter for marriage but the daughter is in love & wishes to marry another man. Tartuff falls in love with Orgon’s wife, Elmire, & makes love to her. Elmire tells this to Orgon & he does not believe it, so she makes him hide under a table while she has an interview with Tartuff who makes love to her again & says [sais?] wrong things about Orgon. Orgon turns against Tartuff after that & turns him from his house but Tartuff recalled the promise of Orgon to him, that all his house & money were for him.
In the end Tartuff is arrested & taken to prison.

*Correct spelling is Tartuffe.

Le Faiseur. A play by Balzac_Comedy. It was very funny but didn’t have much story to it. There was a very big cast.

Switzerland journal November 26th