1914-18: the pitiless destruction of a generation of young men.
Sisters Elsie and Doris Waters never married, but made a successful showbiz career together as ‘Gert and Daisy’.
Universal Aunts – all-round nannies, tour guides and fixers – were the lifestyle consultants of the 1920s.
Preacher Maude Royden at the height of her fame.
Rowena Cade, founder of the Minack Theatre, Cornwall.
Picnics and prayer meetings: members of the Christian Alliance of Women and Girls on holiday in Scarborough, 1929.
For nannies between the wars, a rich social life often compensated for childlessness.
In 1921 ninety per cent of women working in the retail sector were single; even at the luxury end, they often worked twelve-hour days in atrocious conditions.
Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes
"As social history, it bears comparison with David Kynaston’s Family Britain. Nicholson has the same knack of seamlessly piecing gripping individual stories into a panorama of everyday life."
Millions Like Us
“It's hard to single out stories from this rich, entwined narrative, which moves in and out of the lives of an absorbing cast of characters... Vividly entertaining, uplifting and humbling, Millions Like Us deserves to be a bestseller...”
“It is high time to dig [this generation] up again, salute their memory and listen to their sad and uncomplaining voices unmuffled at last in Nicholson’s brave, humane and honest book.”
Among the Bohemians
“An extraordinarily rich, provocative study. [Nicholson’s] substantial cast is stage-managed superbly…
This book is not just good fun. It raises profound questions about our lives.”