Can Any Mother Help Me?
Fifty Years of Friendship through a Secret Magazine
In 1935, a young woman wrote a letter to the women's magazine Nursery World:
'Can any mother help me? I live a very lonely life as I have no near neighbours. I cannot afford to buy a wireless. I adore reading, but with no library am very limited with books ... I know it is bad to brood and breed hard thoughts. Can any reader suggest an occupation that will intrigue me and exclude 'thinking' and cost nothing!'
Women from all over the country wrote back expressing similar frustrations. They were full of ideas and opinions but had nowhere to express them. So they decided to start a private magazine.
The Cooperative Correspondence Club - or CCC as it quickly became known - was a place for these women to describe the subjects close to their heart: the pain and elation of childbirth, difficulties during wartime, or the struggles and comedies of daily life. None of the women anticipated the way that the magazine would come to play such an important part in their lives.
In Can Any Mother Help Me? Jenna Bailey presents the extraordinary group of wives and mothers whose lives connected through a magazine. Her book is an intimate and moving collection of personal stories and, above all, a portrait of inseparable friendships.