That's How it Was
By (author) Maureen Duffy
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That's How it Was by Maureen Duffy
Book DescriptionI was just a girl and life offered only things I despised: houses, children, security, housework. I had to pass. I had to. I had to be different.' Paddy is illegitimate, the daughter of another Paddy -- an active member of the IRA who abandons her English mother, Louey, at her birth. This is the story of that mother -- frail, but with an indomitable spirit -- of that daughter -- and of their life together, seen through the clear eyes of Paddy as a child and adolescent. The working class life of wartime England is wonderfully evoked and the subtle changing relationship between Paddy and Louey is movingly conveyed.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780860682912
(198mm x 126mm x mm)
Imprint: Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 21-Jun-1990
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Maureen Duffy
Pictures from an Exhibition, Paperback (January 2016)
For Duffy, pictures are magical creations and recreations of the visible world - of history, mythologies, landscape, love and death - where the artists who make them attempt risk-taking feats analogous to a poet's with words.
Overcoming Mobbing, Hardback (January 2014)
Overcoming Mobbing is an informative, comprehensive guidebook written for the victims of mobbing and their families who often can't make sense of the experience or mobilize resources for recovery.
Londoners, Paperback (November 2013)
Al, the narrator, is a Londoner born and bred, a writer living in a small room in West London. Most of the other residents in the cavernous Victorian house - and the friends and acquaintances. Al meets in tow local pubs, the bohemian and relaxed crowd at the Nevern and the slightly more ambiguous and dangerous crowd at the Knacker's.
Wounds, Paperback (November 2013)» View all books by Maureen Duffy
In a South London environment of pub and fairground, home and work, the wounds of 20th century experience are evoked in prose which is both lyrical and precise. Kingy in her garden, 'loved by the most handsome women in the world'; Maura the barmaid: 'I prefer the little, thin men'.
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Author Biography - Maureen Duffy
A prolific, confessedly compulsive poet and playright, Maureen Duffy, born in Sussex in 1933, published her first novel, That's How It Was, in 1962. Since then she has written many novels including Love Child, Gor Saga, Londoners and most recently, Illuminations, (1991) and Occam's Razor (1993).
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