Born in 1916, Margaret Ward describes her life as a ‘winding lane’ because of the many twists and turns it has taken. Her autobiography describes her childhood in Rottingdean, growing up amongst a loving family in the picturesque Sussex seaside village.

Her 1988 autobiography brings alive a rural childhood in the aftermath of World War One, with its privations, colourful characters and sense of community, through her adolescence and working life from the age of 14, though the Second World War, a marriage where she suffered domestic abuse, to her eventual retirement. Margaret recounts with raw honesty the good and bad times that she experienced, painting a picture of changing times in this fascinating memoir.

One Camp Chair in the Living Room is now out of print but is available as a PDF download of the original text on a pay-what-you-like basis. You can download it by clicking here. To make a donation for this booklet, please click on the button below.

Margaret also wrote a follow-up memoir of life in the village, Memories of Rottingdean 1920-1945.