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

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781484882900
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/22/2007
  • Pages: 316
  • Sales rank: 1,493,047
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.71 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2012

    I picked this book to read because my grandmother was born in 1

    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.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    Great Read!!!

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2012

    This is a wonderful story of a woman that is strong and takes ca

    This is a wonderful story of a woman that is strong and takes care of her family and finds another love later in life.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2012

    Wonderful

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Wonderful Story!

    I loved this story. Great writing and wonderful characters.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Don't bother

    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.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

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    Enjoyable! Felt like I really knew the main character.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

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    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Amazing

    This book was awesome! Going to read again asap!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    Must read

    Love this book recomending it to my friends will be looking for more great reads from this author

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    !

    Extremely boring. Written as diary entries, it has no depth or flow. Would not recommend at all.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2012

    Lilian is a very strong woman, and family is everything to her.

    Makes me more gratfull for what I have. Wishing I can be strong like her.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2012

    I loved reading about Lillian's life. She was such a character a

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

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    Enjoyed reading this book very much, but was sadly dissapointed with the way the author chose to end it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    Wonderful historical read

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

    Would not recommend.

    I really hated the ending...up until the last page the book was really quite interesting but the ending was so disappointing. It was so contradictory to the rest of the story and so disturbing; I actually deleted from My Library.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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