By John-Paul Flintoff & HarrietH Green
(GGuardian Faber Publishing, 2162 pages, £12.99) ThisT book, describing itself as “a handbook for creative discovery”, proposes a unique approach to researching family histories. It seems aimed at providing detailed information about the lives we live today for future generations, while also suiting those wanting a better understanding of their current and most recent families.
It would be interesting to use alone but is more obviously intended to be the catalyst to collaboration with other family members.
There are pages to record basic information, while it also introduces topics for discussion and personal views on subjects such as memories, favourite books, places, holidays and dream jobs, some very personal, assisted by thought-provoking quotes. The more risky subjects of feelings about other family members, family arguments, secrets and others are also introduced. Plenty of space is given to write in responses, add photographs and other items and it is obviously intended as a very personalised memoir of a family at a specific time.
The paperback format does not strike me as being the most practical. As it is essentially a workbook, it would have been more practical had it been spiral bound. In addition, some words disappear into the spine, though they can often be successfully guessed at.
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