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The Button Box

Lifting the Lid on Women's Lives
Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
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I used to love the rattle and whoosh of my grandma's buttons as they scattered from their Quality Street tin.

An inlaid wooden chest the size of a shoe box holds Lynn Knight's button collection. A collection that has been passed down through three generations of women: a chunky '60s-era toggle from a favourite coat, three tiny pearl buttons from her mother's first dress after she was adopted as a baby, a jet button from a time of Victorian mourning. Each button tells a story.

'They change our view of the world and the world's view of us', said Virginia Woolf of clothes. The Button Box traces the story of women at home and in work from pre-First World War domesticity through the first clerical girls in silk blouses to the delights of beading and glamour in the '30s to short skirts and sexual liberation in the '60s.

©2016 Lynn Knight (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks

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A fascinating book

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, having being originally drawn to it because I have my own childhood memories of happily looking through my Grandma's button box. The book is a real treasure and I have already bought another copy to give to a friend: I know she too will love it.

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Interesting and well researched

Lots of interesting information and tidbits from years gone by, all centred around buttons and those who made the garments they were sewn on. I learned a great deal about how different levels of society behaved towards their clothing. Fascinating stuff.