Mr. King (Dora's father) et al. in Portsmouth

from Those Happy Highways: an autobiography, page 31:

As a reward for passing the entrance exam to the Secondary School [age 11], my parents had bought me a piano, second hand, of course, but nevertheless quite a nice one, and which I have to this day. I was very keen to be able to play, and had a lesson once a week from a quiet ladylike teacher who lived nearby. This went on for two years and I practiced regularly, but then my father [who had been pensioned out of the navy and worked a regular job] began grumbling at the practice, …   more >>

cite as

Dora Hannan, Those Happy Highways: an autobiography. In Brunel University, The Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiographies, number 2:357, p. 31. accessed: 21 February, 2024

location of experience: Portsmouth


Listening to

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Piano music and scales performed by Dora Hannan

Experience Information

Medium live
Listening Environment in private, indoors


Additional biographical information taken from the Writing Lives project website:

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sat, 02 Jun 2018 15:15:07 +0100
Approved on Tue, 07 Aug 2018 11:28:43 +0100