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Comment on The Day They Shot Edward, by Wendy Scarfe #BookReview by Lisa Hill

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 12:57:33 +0000

Yes, I remember farthings too, though on which continent I could not say! By the time I was in Grade 4, I'd learned and unlearned pounds, shillings and pence three times, and decimals twice. I don't know much about TB either, though I remember being examined for it when we arrived in Australia and the regular X--rays and then the inoculations. I don't think they do either now, not in Australia anyway. But I read C19th novels where consumptive heroines lay gracefully dying, only occasionally touching a blood tinged hankie to their lips, and I read Betty MacDonald's The Plague and I which was insistent on quarantine and total bed rest in a sanatorium, and also the bio of Katherine Mansfield, which was graphic about her haemorrhages but also, I now realise, quite shocking in the way that she travelled about in Europe and the UK seemingly without a care in the world about spreading the disease. Oh yes, and also Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain has characters in the sanatorium who have TB... But I had never before thought about the care of poor people with TB, people who could not afford health care of any kind. This is where Wendy Scarfe's writing is so good, she brings that era to life so vividly.



Comment on The Day They Shot Edward, by Wendy Scarfe #BookReview by Lisa Hill

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 12:45:01 +0000

I don't disagree with you there!



Comment on The Day They Shot Edward, by Wendy Scarfe #BookReview by wadholloway

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 12:40:59 +0000

I found a farthing once, around 1960 in a park in Murray Bridge SA. I wonder when they went out of circulation. I wonder also when it became recognised that TB was infectious and required isolation. I had thought (from reading novels, not from any study) that this might have been in the period before WWII. Dad used to be really anal about us kids picking up stuff in the street, especially cig butts of course, because of the possibility of becoming infected (I think I was inoculated when I was 12)



Comment on The Day They Shot Edward, by Wendy Scarfe #BookReview by whisperinggums

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 12:18:43 +0000

Haha, Lisa, I'm not comparing to short stories, which I love, but to long novels that could be tighter!!



Comment on The Day They Shot Edward, by Wendy Scarfe #BookReview by Lisa Hill

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 11:57:20 +0000

Yes, I do too, I like that extra length that allows for more character development:)