In this new edition of Joyce Storey's autobiography, the previous three editions are amalgamated and the complete story of her life is told. Born near Bristol in 1917, Joyce began her autobiography at age 66. THE HOUSE IN SOUTH ROAD follows her pre-war life in Bristol, an era of corset and chocolate factories, of 'service' and glamorous silent movies. With a brilliant eye for the comic in the tragic Joyce unfolds her experiences at school, her first job, her first love and a mismatched marriage. During the war Joyce is a mother of two and her RAF husband is rarely on leave. She fights on the home front; air raids, in-laws, machine work and poverty. After the war Joyce begins to enjoy the luxury of a prefab house, first holidays, the growing independence of her four children, but suffers a breakdown in her marriage and her husband's final illness. With humour and intelligence Joyce Storey charts a good deal of the 20th Century.
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(198mm x 125mm x 30mm)
Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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Joyce Storey was born near Bristol in 1917. In this abridged version of her award-winning autobiographical trilogy, she writes grippingly of working-class struggle. Hers is an authentic voice that tells of one woman's determination to survive against many odds: illness, poverty, the dangers of war, scanty education, and even less information about contraception. Storey's strong desire for self-improvement is lit by lightning-strikes of luck, however, and she seems never to have missed an opportunity. Perhaps her biggest battle was against male domination and against 'the awful inevitability of a woman's life,' at a time when respectability ruled and when only a male could fill in a hire purchase form. Storey paints a warm and humorous picture of a vanished world of two wars, post-war austerity and household drudgery. Editor Pat Thorne, Storey's eldest daughter, provides a loving tribute to her late mother. A must-read for those interested in a genuine slice of life. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Joyce Storey
Now deceased, Joyce Storey won the Raymond Williams Memorial Award for OUR JOYCE and JOYCE'S WAR when they were first published by Virago. The editor, Pat Thorne is her daughter.