Talk: The Worst Housekeeper

Talk: The Worst Housekeeper
Sunday 28 September
, 2.30pm Capron House, Midhurst

This is how HG Wells described his mother, Sarah, who took on the top job at Uppark near Midhurst in 1880 when ‘Bertie’ was just 13 years old and the family in dire financial straits. Her tenure at the great house was used to great comic effect in Wells’s novel Tono-Bungay – but was his damning summary really fair? Writer Tessa Boase (author of The Housekeeper’s Tale) revisits the evidence to weigh up Mrs Wells’s performance.

The talk will be held at Capron House, formerly Midhurst Grammar School where Wells studied and later taught whilst his mother was at Uppark. The talk will be followed by a cream tea, and a chance to buy a copy of Tessa’s book The Housekeeper’s Tale.

Tickets: £12 (inc cream tea)

Buy tickets online; by telephone 01243 813595 or in person from Cloisters Shop, Chichester Cathedral