Memories of a Vanished Way of Life
By (author) Gilda O'Neill
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Lost Voices by Gilda O'Neill
Book DescriptionIn the 1940s, nearly a quarter of a million East Londoners decamped annually for the hopfields of Kent. Most of the pickers were women, who would take their children and other dependent relatives to stay in the hoppers' huts on the farms. This book records the memories of some of them, in their own lively words. Funny, nostalgic and ironic by turns, they tell of hopping as 'a break from him', an escape from the chesty London smog, respite from the bombs of war, as well as a source of income - and the nearest thing to a holiday that adults or children were likely to get. It was a time of hard graft, of laughter and companionship and long evenings around the faggot fire. In the memories of those who were there, it was a time when the sun always shone ...Gilda O'Neill was herself a hop picker as a girl. In this vivid book she not only pays tribute to the creative genius of the working class of London's East End, but examines the role of memory and oral history in our understanding of the past.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099498360
(198mm x 129mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publish Date: 2-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Gilda O'Neill
Secrets of the Heart, Paperback (July 2008)
They believed it would never happen again. They hoped it would be over by Christmas...Britain is at war and the proximity of the docks means that life in and around London's Turnbury Buildings is hard and dangerous. Chances are taken, people have secrets, hearts are broken. And feelings about foreigners are running high.
Rough Justice, Paperback (March 2007)
The Flanagans, the Tanners and the Lovells live in the Turnbury Building. Nell Flanagan is married to Stephen, a brute of a man. Nell hides the abuse she has suffered at his hands from her children. Martin Lovell admires Nell. When he sees Stephen attacking Nell, he can stand back no longer, but his actions have repercussions for all the families.
Of Woman Born, Paperback (April 2005)
For Lisa O'Donnell, the past is a dangerous place. Born into a world dominated by her father's notorious reputation, even her name marks her out. But Lisa's determined to make a new life for herself and so, adopting a false identity, she takes a respectable job in the city.
Make Us Traitors, Paperback (April 2004)» View all books by Gilda O'Neill
The O'Donnell family ran their manor in the East End with a fist of iron, keeping control of their gambling, prostitution and protection rackets. Now, Eileen O'Donnell is out of prison and her sons Luke and Brendan are running the show. It ought to be time for some peace and quiet. Instead, the trouble is only just beginning.
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Author Biography - Gilda O'Neill
Gilda O'Neill was born and brought up in the East End and continued to live and write there with her husband and family. She left school at fifteen but returned to education as a mature student. She is the author of eleven novels. She has also had six non-fiction books published including the highly-acclaimed Sunday Times bestsellers, My East End: A History of Cockney London and Our Street: The East End at War. Sadly she died on 24 September 2010 after a short illness.
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