Coming of Age in Canvey Madeline Hall

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Coming of Age in Canvey  by  Madeline Hall

Coming of Age in Canvey by Madeline Hall
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‘As if I hadn’t enough on with one child on my hands, I took him home. And thereby hangs a tale.’‘To cut a long story short: reader, I married him. So here’s the back story.’‘I told her if she wasn’t in bed by midnight to come home.’Recently EssexMore‘As if I hadn’t enough on with one child on my hands, I took him home.

And thereby hangs a tale.’‘To cut a long story short: reader, I married him. So here’s the back story.’‘I told her if she wasn’t in bed by midnight to come home.’Recently Essex girls have somehow won a reputation for being brainless sluts. This book won’t set the record straight but it presents an alternative view.These are the stories of sisters growing up in south Essex in the sixties and seventies. One stayed home and brought up babies whilst the other took the hippie trail east and brought back her man from Pakistan, a marsh Arab, Pitsea marshes that is.

Later they reversed positions, one moving lock, stock and barrel for a new life in France, the other finally grounded in Canvey.Canvey’s oil refineries continue to light the night skies – a celestial city all its own. The daily reality of life alongside industrial plant is less romantic but islanders survive and thrive.

They look to their own and have a thought too for the oil fields of Pakistan where their raw product comes from. Cheer up, things could be worse.Mary and Alex are both witty and wise, mostly. When Mary’s doubt in her own abilities combines with Alex’s belief in her own infallibility both can come a cropper. Smartness and sympathy see them through to success in the search for a good life and the creation of new life.New life here is both human and horticultural.

Reproduction, sexual and vegetative, runs right through yielding a fine crop of dirty jokes and earthy humour. Read this book for an insight into Essex characters, from home and abroad, and a better understanding of horticultural Latin.



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