There was great excitement this week when the Very Charming Scottish Academic introduced me to a new word. It is not street dialect (we all know my weakness for that) or geek talk (I also acknowledge that character flaw), prosopography is from the outer edge of specialist academic vocabulary and it rolls off the tongue impressively. I was enchanted but very regretful that I would never be able to slip it into everyday conversation.
As I lingered over the definition in wikipedia and thought sadly of the wasted years when I might have been able impress my family I was struck by a heart-stopping revelation...
I give you "The Cazalet Chronicles" by Elizabeth Jane Howard, a study of an extended family in the period immediately before the declaration of war in 1939 and then observing change through the war years. It is enjoyable and undemanding reading, perfect for cold summer evenings huddled under my Donegal blanket. Now that I can present it as "analysing the changing roles in society of particular status groups and assessing social mobility through family origins" I think I might treat myself to the next book in the series.