1914 - 2009
Writing about her life growing up in the Forest of Dean in the early twentieth century, she detailed the intricacies of village and family life amongst its working class mining community. Leaving her beloved Forest as a teenager to work ‘in service’, she returned after the war, married, to bring up her family. Her career as a writer began in later life when her handwritten stories were serialised on BBC radio’s Woman’s Hour before being published as the book A Child in the Forest. As well as several more books about her life and the people she knew, she also wrote short novels, and was an accomplished performer of her work, making several recordings.. Her books remain an invaluable insight into the period, the lives of working class men and women, domestic service, rural childhood, and the Forest of Dean.
Life & career
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A Child in the Forest (1974)
No Pipe Dreams for Father (1977)
Back to the Forest (1981)
In and Out of the Forest (1984)
Great Aunt Lizzie (2002)
Reissues / Collections
The Forest Trilogy (1992) [A Child in the Forest; No Pipe Dreams for Father;
Back to the Forest]
Full Hearts and Empty Bellies (2009) [A Child in the Forest]
Shiny Pennies and Grubby Pinafores (2010) [No Pipe Dreams for Father; Back to the Forest]
Village Fates (2000)
Prejudice and Pride (2005)
To Kill for Love (2006)
Two Men and a Maiden (2007)
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