Dear Mr Bigelow

A Transatlantic Friendship

Frances Woodsford,

Dear Mr Bigelow: A Transatlantic Friendship
 
 

Dear Mr Bigelow is an enchanting collection of weekly letters written between 1949 and 1961 from an unmarried woman working at the Public Baths in Bournemouth, to a wealthy American widower in New York. Frances Woodsford and Paul Bigelow never met, yet their epistolary friendship was her lifeline. We follow Frances's trials with her ghastly boss Mr Bond; the hilarious weekly Civil Defence Classes as the Cold War advances; her attempts to shake off an unwanted suitor, and life at home with her mother and her charming ne'er-do-well brother.

Sparked with comic genius, the letters provide a unique insight into post-war England and the growth of an extraordinary friendship.



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