1939 : The Last Season Paperback
A wonderful portrait of British upper-class life in the Season of 1939 - the last before the Second World War.
The Season of 1939 brought all those 'in Society' to London.
The young debutante daughters of the upper classes were presented to the King and Queen to mark their acceptance into the new adult world of their parents.
They sparkled their way through a succession of balls and parties and sporting events.
The Season brought together influential people not only from Society but also from Government at the various events of the social calendar.
Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain chaperoned his debutante niece to weekend house parties; Lord Halifax, the Foreign Secretary, lunched with the Headmaster of Eton; Cabinet Ministers encountered foreign Ambassadors at balls in the houses of the great hostesses.
As the hot summer drew on, the newspapers filled with ever more ominous reports of the relentless progress towards war.
There was nothing to do but wait - and dance. The last season of peace was nearly over.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages, 51
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 01/05/2003
- Category: Social & cultural history
- ISBN: 9780753816721
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Review by wyvernfriend
While billed as a story of 1939's debs this is an interesting look at the social life of the upper class English woman before World War II changed all of their lives. They could see war looming on the horizon but their Coming out was quite important socially for all of them. A chance to find a husband, to shine, to take their place in society, that which was most of what they were groomed to be. A sad indictment on society and how it perceived these women to be little more than clothes hangers but perhaps it was a more honest time.