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Home is Where One Starts From
One Woman's Memoir


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Home is Where One Starts From
One Woman's Memoir

by Barbara Tizard (Author)



ISBN: 9780954918583


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"The book is, above all, a great read, a real page turner. If you are interested in gender or class, people or politics, domestic life or social history, this is essential reading." Professor Peter Moss, Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education University of London

"The past is another and unknown country - in this case the years around the 1940s. In this memoir of a childhood and youth that took her from the world of West Ham Labour loyalties to Oxford and the life of a distinguished research scientist, Barbara Tizard has written both an exceptional personal story and that of a moment in British history. I know of no better guide to living and growing up in this period than this book, written with remarkable lucidity, economy and above all, honesty." Eric Hobsbawm, historian and President of Birbeck College, London

"In this candid memoir Barbara Tizard brings the finely honed powers of analysis that have made her one of the foremost psychologists of her generation to the telling of her own story. In doing so, she illuminates the ways in which social class, generation and gender intersected in women's lives in much of the twentieth century. Yet, this is no dry academic tome. It is an engaging story of a fascinating life, populated with vividly-drawn family and friends and contextualised in time and place. I found it hard to put down and thought provoking long after I had finished reading." Ann Phoenix, Professor of Social and Developmental Psychology, Institute of Education, London.

"This is a remarkable book. Barbara Tizard's memoir of her childhood and youth in the 1940s is important for three reasons. First, it is a vivid personal story of a life that moves from West Ham working-class hardship and poverty to that of a distinguished and successful scientist. Second it is the story of a woman, mother of five children, who faced the prejudices, and constraints on their professional lives of women in the period. And third, she faced these prejudices so successfully, with a career of exceptionally creative original research into what makes real differences in children's lives. It is a splendid book." Judith Dunn, Professor of Developmental Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, London.

"Barbara Tizard is a most distinguished child psychologist who has written a fascinating account of her childhood, adolescence and later career. Her memoir is full of perceptive comments about the world in which she grew up and about the many exceptional people she encountered during her eventful life. A great read!" Philip Graham, Emeritus Professor of Child Psychiatry, Institute of Child Health*

"A wonderful, highly engaging book by one of the country's most distinguished developmental psychologists. Barbara Tizard skillfully weaves three overlapping and interconnected stories into a single fascinating tapestry. First, she describes family life in the 1930s and 1940s, bringing the picture to life with telling personal anecdotes. Second, the book presents the ways in which a precociously intelligent, feisty girl from a very left wing family dealt with the complete mixture of support and trouble arising both from her circumstances and her own uncompromising, assertive sticking by her principles. Third, a postscript dealing with the later years describes how her science was shaped by a wish to make it responsive to policy and by her own strongly held values. This very well written, highly readable book is strongly recommended to anyone interested in social history, people, politics or science. Who else is there?" Professor Sir Michael Rutter, Professor of Child Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, London.

Barbara Tizard (16.04.1926 - 04.01.2015) was a psychologist whose research has been concerned with children and adolescents. She has contributed to the study of residential children's homes and the long-term effects of residential care and adoption on development, and also to the study of the language of young children, early education, and adolescent identity. She has authored or co-authored six books on these topics. Her findings have thrown light, sometimes controversially, on issues to do with ethnic and gender differences in I.Q., educational success and identity.

She has travelled extensively as consultant in early education and childcare for WHO and Save the Children. For ten years she was Director of the Thomas Coram Research Unit, a multidisciplinary unit concerned with policy relevant research into the education, care and health of young children and their families.

She was an Emeritus Professor of the Institute of Education, London, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, an honorary Fellow of the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental health, and a Fellow of the British Academy.


ISBN 954918584
ISBN13 9780954918583
Publisher Word Power Books
Format Paperback
Publication date 24/04/2010
Pages 320
Weight (grammes) 562.00
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 217
Width (mm) 145