This is the day book kept by my step-grandmother, Monica Sherston, from January 1923 to March 1927. It was not unusual in 1920s English society to keep such books and this is a beautiful specimen, packed with mementoes of dinner parties, hunts, county balls, political meetings, European cruises and family life. One of many highlights is a luncheon in Burnley, Lancashire on 5 February 1927, hosted by the Burnley Conservative & Unionist Association for the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Winston Churchill. A warm, handwritten thank you note from Winston to my grandfather Geoffrey, his host as president of the local Tories, is proudly pasted in the book.

Kasper de Graaf
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