In “Forsythia” (published by iUniverse), author Peter Hovenden Longley attempts to decipher why many people have become attracted, motivated and affected by the nature of the British upper class.
Longley’s story is a history-memoir hybrid, a personal narrative seemingly parallel to that of John Galsworthy’s series of novels “The Forsyte Saga.”
Along with memoirs of his childhood in an upper-middle class household, Longley traces this class from its origins in the 1880s to the 1960s.
The story that lies within outlines societal pressures of the British Empire’s formative years, coupled with Longley’s own memories of growing up a privileged child, where expectations for the future were high.
“Forsythia” is a thorough discussion of social history – a time-tether linking the turmoil of the British Empire’s historic rise and fall to the warped vision of the British upper class today.