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In a Class of Their Own Kindle Edition

4.2 out of 5 stars 166 customer reviews

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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

About the Author

Millie Gray is a writer and professional storyteller. Her humorous plays attract audiences from all over Scotland and she is much in demand to do workshops and talks about her work. Millie was born and raised in Leith.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 553 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Black & White Publishing (19 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AQXC75W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 166 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,685 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
This story about a Scottish family living in the Edinburgh suburb Leith is very well told. It's the kind of family-saga that is unputdownable. It covers the years from 1938 on through the 2nd World War and postwartime. It had been meagre years for the Campbell-family: first the parents separated, or rather the mother pushed a useless father out of the very modest home. Then wartime made it more difficult to survive and make ends meet. And after war it was only a tedious start to struggle onwards and upwards.
Rachel, the brave Mum, with all her strengths and limitations, fights do do the best or what she thinks best for her children, often unrewarded. Carrie and Sam, the twins, are to take responsibilities not only for their younger siblings Paul and Alice, but for the economical survival of the family, and are supposed to do without any advanced education, though they were so capable. Despite the daily hardships they remained children, had a childhood with all the joys, excitements and disappointments. And there was Hannah, the eldest, who always seemed to be a bit turned away from family matters, but had her share too in their welfare. Granny Rosie was the children's comfort and her home a refuge. She was a Granny of the kind, every child should have one.
Finally the family members all made their way - one way or another. This all is quite humorously written, and amply used Scots makes the story authentic.
And for people who know Leith, the local colour will be an extra delight.
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A wonderful nostalgic read, made more poignant because I grew up in the area in Millie's story. She describes the poverty, hardships and struggles of the war years, but injects so much humour to keep the reader laughing heartily on one page then in tears the next. Her description of the Restalrig and Leith areas brought so many memories back to me that I intend to read it again - just in case I missed anything. I have bought the book for various members of my family and everyone of them, without exception, have loved it. Even my Mum of 91 thought it was a fantastic read.
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Although I read it to the end, it was interesting but not particularly gripping. Having to re-read every second or third line to make sure that I had understood what was written in a Scottish accent got a bit annoying. A nice enough read but only because I paid less than £1 for it.
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An Easy going book for reading. Enjoyable to read at the beach when you do not have much on your mind
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Only 4 stars for this book, my first read from Millie Gray. I did struggle with the accents throughout which slowed down the read to almost a week as I had to re read many a paragraph to try to understand but persevered and found that I enjoyed the antics of this amusing family so much that I downloaded the follow up book to start straight after finishing this one.

There must have been numerous families who struggled to keep the woolf from the door and put a meal on the table in the early 20th century but they seemed to have a fortitude all of their own to keep going no matter what, keeping family together was so important. Makes you wonder if these days we would be able to do the same if the tables were turned.

Well done Millie, a superb book with laughter and tears especially when poor tiny died but nevertheless can't wait to get started on next book.
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I give this book 3 stars cause I enjoyed the story based in Edinburgh and I would recommend this book to everyone especially if you live in Edinburgh and can connect
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First time I have read a book by Millie Gray, was a very good read once I got into the dialect, will try another one of her books then maybe more stars next time.
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By janeyb TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Dec. 2015
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Quite an emotional story around the Campbell families struggle to do the very best they can in a single parent household. A mothers devotion, sacrifice and love gives her children the grounding to go forward in an era of 'status'. Each child has such a different personality but the family unit worked together to survive and thrive. I loved the dialect this story is written in which adds insight into life in an industrial area of Edinburgh. A heart rendering story which becomes addictive as you get to know the family.
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