Lillian's Story: One Woman's Journey through the 20th Century

Lillian's Story: One Woman's Journey through the 20th Century

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by Sally Patricia Gardner
     
 
Lillian's life spans the 20th century, born in Suffolk in 1900, in service at the age of 12, her life is greatly changed by WW1 and even more by WW2. These experiences colour the rest of her long life. The Great Depression, the post-war austerity years, the assassination of JFK, Neil Armstrong's moon walk, the miners' strike and the death of Princess Diana are amongst

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Lillian's life spans the 20th century, born in Suffolk in 1900, in service at the age of 12, her life is greatly changed by WW1 and even more by WW2. These experiences colour the rest of her long life. The Great Depression, the post-war austerity years, the assassination of JFK, Neil Armstrong's moon walk, the miners' strike and the death of Princess Diana are amongst the cultural and political events of this turbulent century. These are recorded through their effect on the lives of Lillian and her beloved family.
Sally Patricia Gardner writing with great affection for an endearing character, traces Lillian's Story as national and international events intersect with her own personal milestones. By the end of this compelling tale, Lillian is living a more affluent lifestyle. She has been shaped by the eventful century into which she was born and to which she undeniably belongs.
The novel has received wide-spread acclamation. The actor Tom Baker said: 'Sally really can write...a real, heartbreaking saga but with laughs, too. And the subject! How could one go better, war, women, children, love,death?'
Politician Tony Benn said: 'I really liked this book, which tells the story of the 20th century through the lives of one family, and their hopes and fears, tragedies and achievements.
Iconic actress Dora Bryan, OBE, MA, loved the book so much she volunteered to write the foreword, saying, 'Lillian's Story could only have been written by someone with great experience of life, someone who has survived great sorrow and known great joy. Everything I read, felt like my own life, the sadness, the happiness, the love of animals, the comfort of friendship. This book is so truthful, and I love truth in everything.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781484882900
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
02/22/2007
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.71(d)

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Meet the Author

Sally Patricia Gardner, has had several careers including acting, writing plays for her touring repertory company and running an animal sanctuary. She says she is an 'accidental novelist'. 'Lillian's Story' was inspired by a request for a short magazine article,and she just kept on writing until it became a full-length novel. No-one was more surprised than her! She has subsequently published 'The Sweetest Empire' and 'Painting by Numbers' and she has just completed her fourth novel, 'Finding Cordelia'.
She lives in East Sussex with her husband (who is also a writer) and assorted cats and dogs, all rescued.
For more information on Sally and her books, see www.sallypatriciagardner.com

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Lillian's Story, One Womans Journey through the 20th Century. 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked this book to read because my grandmother was born in 1900 (like the heroine) and saw a lot in her 97 years. I was curious how it might have felt to live through 2 world wars, and all the technology changes. This book handled the changing world well, and the main character is interesting and enjoyable to read about. You do feel like you come to know her a bit, and her family. My only complaint is that the story moves (almost skips) along so quickly that you don't get any deep "development" of the characters that pass through her life - that said, I'm not sure how one could cover someone's whole life in any great depth. Nonetheless, it was a pleasant read, and very interesting at some points - especially her early life "in service" and living through the 2 world wars.
39jbean More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story of a woman that is strong and takes care of her family and finds another love later in life.
marjshep More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! An amazing day to day of a young girl of the time It reminded me of the 1st person "Titanic" story in that I got the feel of Lillian's life It moved quickly but any longer and the novel would have lost it'smomentum
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had my doubts about this book since it was free. However, this book captured my interest from the first page and held it 'til the end. I enjoyed reading about Lillian's life. I never thought before reading this book, how much someone born in 1900 and living until 1999 would experience in their lifetime. It is probably the best time in history for a person to have lived. If you enjoy books written in a journal style, you will not be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story. Great writing and wonderful characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable! Felt like I really knew the main character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. My grandmother was also born in 1900, how I wish I would have spent more time with her asking about her life experiences. What a time to experience! I think the book is very well written, it reads in a sort of journal format. Alot of characters to keep track of so pay attention! I will archive and read again some day. ENJOY!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome! Going to read again asap!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book recomending it to my friends will be looking for more great reads from this author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes me more gratfull for what I have. Wishing I can be strong like her.
BookWorm426JC More than 1 year ago
I loved reading about Lillian's life. She was such a character and faced such difficulties with a practical survivor's attitude. And as her children and grandchildren got older, her comments about their lifestyle choices made me laugh out loud more than a few times. My only complaint is that there are so many characters that it was difficult to keep them straight. Once I gave up trying to know who EVERY person was, I enjoyed the book even more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading this book very much, but was sadly dissapointed with the way the author chose to end it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read through the life of this woman from England. So much history covered from the stand point of a regular persons life. This woman goes through so much, nothing dull about this at all.
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I lasted less than a chapter. It was slow and confusing. It is supposedly written by a young girl and the poor grammar got old really fast.
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