Prudence Backhouse


This story with photos alongside each unfoldment covers broad spaces and diverse times… from Yorkshire-born George Alderson’s journey to Egypt in 1888 to fit a pump and staying in Alexandria for his lifetime, to his son Alex running their engineering company until ousted by history. We then follow his daughter Dorothy, who after marrying an ex-soldier of wilder aspirations, ends up breeding and training polo ponies in a gradually unsettling South America, and finally becoming an artist in New York. We further meet Dorothy’s son who, after years in business in Canada, marries a rootedly English girl; we see their eventual thirty years running a five-acre smallholding, enjoying their children, free from mobile phones and other such distractions.

This epic multi-generational story from Prudence Backhouse will delight the reader with its depth and charm.