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Apprenticed to my Mother: Unpicking the Family History

It was Mum’s idea. ‘You need to know who’s who.’ She had a small blue attache case, the sort that usually contained cotton reels or buttons. This one was jam packed with black and white photographs. She picked up one … Continue reading

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When the grandmothers came to stay (Part Two)

In part one, here, I talked about my father’s mother, Nana. Time to look at her rival, my mother’s mother, my Gran, and the unlikely role she played in extending Nana’s mortal coil. If Nana was passive, old and psychosomatically … Continue reading

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When the grandmothers came to stay (Part One)…

In Laurie Lee’s classic novel about growing up in Gloucestershire soon after the First World War, Cider with Rosie, he includes two characters – Granny Trill and Granny Wallon. These two formidable old women war with each other and do all … Continue reading

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When the grandmothers came to stay…

  Laurie Lee’s classic novel about growing up in Gloucestershire soon after the First World War, Cider with Rosie, was a set book in English when I was in the fourth form – year ten for the spring chickens amongst you. … Continue reading

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