It is 1938 and the Campbells have finally landed a new council house with an inside toilet in a desirable area of Leith. But just when Rachel, her shiftless husband Johnny and their assorted brood should be enjoying their good fortune, a consignment of pork chops changes their lives. Reading this exceptional debut by Edinburgh story-teller Millie Gray is like listening to a favourite grandparent recounting memories from the past. The struggles of the time are never far from the surface but what comes through is the humour, fortitude and irrepressible spirit of the people. --Daily Record
A MOVING FAMILY SAGA TELLING THE STORY OF A SINGLE MOTHER’S STRUGGLE TO BRING UP HER FAMILY IN WAR-TORN LEITH All Rachel Campbell really wants is a better life for herself and her children. But as the Second World War rages throughout Europe, life in Leith gets tougher day by day. Her feckless husband Johnny isn’t helping either, so finally Rachel has no choice but to fend for herself and the children through the poverty and dangers of wartime. This is their story, as Rachel struggles to survive and the children grow up with all the joys and disappointments that life brings in difficult times. Based on the real-life wartime experiences of author Millie Gray, In A Class of Their Own brilliantly recreates the atmosphere of the time with all the hardships and struggles as well as the fun, warmth and humour of everyday life.