Alison H wrote:
... various references to "Bubbles crops" which don't really work for people who don't remember/know of the Pears soap advert, and a few mentions of products/brand names.
But they would havae worked at the time
, and I think, somehow, that that works in terms of dating the books. They're not written as amorphous stories where it's impossible to identify the date of publishing, but a mere mention of something like a 'bubbles crop' would, at the time, locate it pretty specifically. And while that doesn't help us later, it does give a flavour to the books, even if we're not able to work out exact dates. Does that make sense?
I do think that the War books are the most brilliant in terms of expressing through story what RL (well, CS-RL, anyway!) was like at that time.
And of course the fact that all the adults smoked and no-one thought anything of it.
I think you have mainly Armadas, miss_spookiness? If you have
you might not have come across the whole smoking thing. I found it quite shocking (oh, how quickly we move on!) to read of Mistresses and doctors smoking as a matter of course, so casually. And that
certainly gives the books an other-time feel.