Polly: Memories of an East End Girl

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Born in 1911 into a close-knit family, Mary Rebecca Chambers (known to all as Polly) spent her formative years in the heart of the East End. This vivid account of life is told with passion and humour and is brimming with stories of how Londoners, and Polly's family in particular, lived through two world wars and the Great Depression into the early post-war years.

Polly was a natural storyteller with a compassionate insight and this is a compilation of her heart-warming stories, ...

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Overview

Born in 1911 into a close-knit family, Mary Rebecca Chambers (known to all as Polly) spent her formative years in the heart of the East End. This vivid account of life is told with passion and humour and is brimming with stories of how Londoners, and Polly's family in particular, lived through two world wars and the Great Depression into the early post-war years.

Polly was a natural storyteller with a compassionate insight and this is a compilation of her heart-warming stories, arranged in chronological order, to tell the tale of life as she witnessed it, through adversity and danger, excitement and fun. The captivating anecdotes, poignant and entertaining, are suffused by the sights, sounds and smells of the East End in the first half of the twentieth century. This is a wonderful evocation of a bygone age and Polly's affectionate memoirs will entrance anyone who reads them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752465722
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 4/19/2012
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 Origins and Early Days (1900-12) 9

2 The First World War (1914-18) 13

3 School (1915-25) 20

4 A Woman on the Bus (1916) 28

5 Standard of Living (1920-8) 32

6 Derby Day (early 1920s) 37

7 The Holy Cups (about 1920) 39

8 The Prize (about 1920) 42

9 A Daughter's Story (about 1925) 48

10 The B Family (1920-7) 51

11 Families (1925) 54

12 The Goose (1921) 56

13 Working Life (1925-54) 59

14 Meeting and Marrying Fred (1929-32) 65

15 The Second World War (1939-45) 70

16 The Blitz (1940-4) 75

17 The Dirtiest Woman in the World (1940-50) 80

18 War Babies (1940-5) 83

19 Farewell to Arms (1940-3) 95

20 Produce(1940-5) 99

21 Doodlebugs and Rockets (1944-5) 103

22 Early Post-War (1945-50) 110

23 The Fog(1950-1) 117

24 The Flats (1952-6) 122

Postscript 127

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