This autobiography was published in 1992 and it tells the poignant tale of a young working class woman who grew up in the Old Kent Road in London and came to live with her family in the Sussex countryside when still a young girl. An important feature of the book is the value placed on family loyalty.
It tells the story of Ethel’s life during the war years, her courtship and marriage and the sad tale of her first love, a doomed romance that was unable to overcome the class barriers that were prevalent at that time. It is a description of one woman’s journey through an often impoverished life – describing the transition from girlhood to womanhood. Ethel finally came a long way from her humble beginnings in the Old Kent Road and this publication is testament to her resourcefulness and hard work.

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