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Description - Lost Voices by Gilda O'Neill

In 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 Details

ISBN: 9780099498360
ISBN-10: 0099498367
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 13mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publish Date: 2-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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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