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Lost Voices By Gilda O'Neill

Lost Voices
by Gilda O'Neill

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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.
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Lost Voices Summary


Lost Voices: Memories of a Vanished Way of Life 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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Lost Voices Reviews


"Funny, nostalgic and ironic" * Daily Express *
"A vivid, honest and enchanting evocation" * Daily Mail *
"A charmer" * Evening Standard *
"The stories are atmospheric, but it is O'Neill's open-minded examination of her own position in relation to the women, the history and the writing that makes this book a work of art" * What's On In London *
"Gilda O'Neill has brought to life a time when women relished simple pleasures and the close friendships formed while working alongside one another each summer" * Sunday Express *

About 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.

Additional information

GOR001219715
Lost Voices: Memories of a Vanished Way of Life by Gilda O'Neill
Gilda O'Neill
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cornerstone
2006-11-02
192
0099498367
9780099498360
N/A
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