The Sweepings of an Old Broom

The autobiography of Clara K Broome, with travels and adventures in USA, Australia, India, Panama, Malta etc


Clara Kathleen Broome, but published anonymously


The Favil Press, London, 1936
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Printing Details

First edition, hardback. Bound in the original blue cloth with gilt titling and broom to spine. 22.5 × 14cm, 202pp.

The autobiography of Clara Broome nee Lake, wife of Louis Egerton Broome, the adventurer, who was the younger son of Sir Frederick Napier Broome, Governor of Western Australia. The starts with her early years in London, marriage and life on the gold-fields of Coolgardie (including her children, one of whom was Jack Broome, the Naval officer who commanded Convoy PQ17 in 1942, and later became a writer and illustrator), travels to the USA, Panama, Jamaica, China, Hong Kong etc, then returning to England in 1914, and Cairo during the War, then India and Malta. A full life.


A good plus copy. There is bumping to the head of the spine and a little rubbing to the boards. Light foxing to the prelims and page edges but the main body of text very good. The inner binding is secure.


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