....but have to blog about a book today written by my daughter, Helen or, to give her full title, Dr Helen McCarthy.
The book in question is The British People and the League of Nations and, according to the Manchester University Press website, 'is a vivid and readable account of this popular League consciousness, revealing the extraordinarily vibrant characters of associational life between the wars'. Helen gave me a copy last week. She does not expect this to make the best seller list, nor to appear on the shelves at Waterstones, as it is a book destined for academic libraries and used for research and will be on future reading lists for anybody interested in this and associated subjects. To write and publish a book which will be used by future historians and students is a huge accolade for an academic so, as you can imagine, I am immensely proud of my daughter.
Add in to this she is currently writing a book on Women in Diplomacy which will be published in 2014 by Bloomsbury, that she lectures in Modern British History at Queen Mary, University of London, and has also produced the most gorgeous lovely granddaughter for me, and you will understand that I am bursting with pride at all she has achieved so far.
And, if that is not enough, my lovely son-in-law James has also had a book of his own published (Pashas by James Mather).
A bit scary sometimes being the mother and mother in law of this combined powerhouse of talent, but rather wonderful too....