1HAVE had a modest re
treat near Lulworth Cove in Dorset for some years. My landlords are the Welds, and I have always found it of interest that they keep such a tight rein on commercial development in the area which they control.
The village is unspoiled, and though the cliff-top caravan site must be a major source of income, the estate keeps a rigid check on the people who use it and refuses to supply any but the basic amenities. Bingo halls and such are out.
The Welds are a Catholic family, and Joan Berkeley's new book Lulworth and the Welds (Blackmore Press £3.50) is their story since they first became squires of I.ulworth in 1641.
Lulworth. it appears, was originally Lulla's Worde, or Farm, a Saxon place name. One of William's men took it over after the Conquest. the family calling itself Lolleworth. and they were succeeded at about the time of John by the de Newburghs.
But the book is about the Welds. and traces the lives and times of that family. and particularly their influence in the West as Catholics came hack into favour. for the past 300 years.
A valuable and interesting history by the sister of the present Weld of Lulworth.
Yet another book explaining world religions — there seems to have been a spate of them recently — has arrived on my desk. Who Am I? by Martin Ballard ( H Litchi nson Educational £1.90), added to the others published and to be published. might lead one to suppose that people are seeking something they can no longer find in Christianity. Particularly since Catholicism shed its mystery. his is the clearest account yet of the origins of such faiths as Taoism, Confucianism, Hinduism. etc.
Not mysticism. but a fine sense of mystery, can be found in Norslag by Michael Sinclair (Victor Gollancz fl .75). Spies again. but with a difference.
Mr. Sinclair obviously knows his setting, and his characters are suspiciously like those who occasionally see the light of day in down-page paragraphs in the daily press. We can believe in them, at any rate. and indulge in nail-biting until the last page.
Thanks to the author for a reasonably happy ending, too.
Mottram Park by Jill Chaney (Dennis Dobson £1.20) is a novel to be read by those parents who, puzzled by their teenage children, have forgotten what it was like to be young. All the trappings of suburban life are brought to gether to make a love story commonplace enough, but valuable in its revelation of the feelings of the two participants.
Spring Night by Tarjec Vesas (Peter Owen £2.10) is another novel woven around two youngsters. These two are left alone for a night on a farm.
Translated from t h e Norwegian it makes a strange, stilted tale, yet with a fascination which makes it impossible to put down. Certainly it gives an insight into minds and places strange to most of us.
Ideas for Clubs and Societies by Christine Fagg (Elek Books 75p) is sub-titled "An Imaginative Guide to Planning Programmes and Activities." That is just what it is, and it should be particularly helpful to those who have the task of making a go of a youth or parish society, or starting a new club.
History and the Empire is in fashion, and Conflict on the Nile by Patricia Wright (Heinemann £3.25) might have been written to go with the B.B.C.'s new Tuesday serial. It is the story of the Fashoda Incident of 1898, when the Great Powers of Europe were playing chess, with Africa as the board and armies as the pieces.
It is a story of courage and high endeavour on all sides.