New Book

Before and After Great Bardfield: The Autobiography of Lucie Aldridge

Once considered lost, the forthcoming autobiography of Lucie Aldridge is being published. It covers her childhood in rural Cambridge at the end of the nineteenth century, her sisters, the Suffragette movement, her first marriage during WWI, and her life in London. That ‘London’ life was a release from the conventions of her childhood. She notes the famous parties of Cedric Morris and the Bright Young Things; meeting John Aldridge and finding herself in Majorca with Robert Graves and Laura Riding. There are too many people to list.

Following the success of Long Live Great Bardfield, The autobiography of Tirzah Garwood, The autobiography comes with a postscript by Inexpensive Progress analysing frankly the life and trials Lucie would go on to have in that Essex village.

Lucie by John Aldridge, 1930 (Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum)

If anyone met Lucie, has any information on her, or her work (paintings and rugs) do please let me know at frozenocean18@hotmail.com

The book is now postponed due to the ongoing pandemic and is due out in March 2021.