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I 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 Details

ISBN: 9780860682912
ISBN-10: 0860682919
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 126mm x mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 21-Jun-1990
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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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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