The following review is by Mark Duffield, author of The Last Shepherd and Tales of the Tenth Ornament and As I Recall: Fireflies in the Night.
I have just finished reading Beyond Wallerscote Manor by Gilbert J. Littler, a book/memoir that examines and explores the Littler family and their origins in Cheshire, England some eight centuries ago.
Part chronicler, historian and detective, Mr. Littler peels away the pages of his past to reveal an ancestry rich in historical setting and composition and populated with characters that any of us might recognize as members of our own family trees. From land-owners of a manor to servants to dairymaids, shoemakers, wheelwrights, teachers, farmers, railway men and porters, Littler's family tree has many fascinating branches, even a scoundrel or two.
In reading Mr. Littler's absorbing account of his own heritage we are instantly drawn to the idea of perhaps digging deeper into our own history in the anticipation of uncovering similar treasures of antiquity as Mr. Littler. Beyond Wallerscote Manor is not only a fascinating read it also provides a blueprint on how we can and should make the same journey into our past.