The remaining stock of Lutonian Odyssey: Reminiscences of Lily Field for 1915-52 (xiii + 115pp) is now available simply for the cost of postage and packing. United Kingdom residents should send four second class stamps per copy (maximum of three copies per individual), together with details of their name and address, to Dr C D Field, 35 Elvetham Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2LZ. Overseas residents please write for details.


Lily Field was a lifelong Lutonian. Born in 1915, her childhood was overshadowed by the death of her father and one sister in 1918 and that of her other sister in 1924. Her mother brought her up, first in Round Green and then in Selbourne Road, in straitened circumstances, and Lily was denied the opportunity to go to high school and instead became apprenticed in the hat trade. She lived in Dudley Street, High Town from 1935 to 1952. After a number of unsuccessful relationships, Lily eventually married in 1949. She died in 1982.

Lily’s reminiscences, substantially written in 1979 and now (2008) published for the first time, recount her life from 1915 to 1952. They describe her home and family circumstances, her education at Hitchin Road and Denbigh Road Schools, her association with Methodism, her career in the hat industry, her wartime experiences, and her courtship, wedding and early married life. They also illuminate many aspects of the social history of Luton between the wars. The memoirs are augmented by Lily’s diary for 1942 and by original photographs from her family albums.