For those of a certain age


Doddles Makes Things Hum

By Agnes Adams

London: Humphrey Milford, 1927.

Not a title to jump out to those my age or younger, unless you know your British slang of the Mid C20th.

I like to encourage inquiring minds, so I won’t tell you what ‘hum’ means to — well — my mum, for instance, who found this one for me — but let’s just say that Doddles may be checking behind herself for a reason.

And for extra credit, you can interpret the opening lines:

About five o’clock in the morning the sun came slanting over my bed.

“Oh joy on a broomstick!” I said sleepily.

Odd girl, this Doddles.


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