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In a Class of Their Own

In a Class of Their Own [Kindle Edition]

Millie Gray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 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

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 356 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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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,027 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special 12 Aug 2013
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In a Class of Their Own 21 Jan 2010
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read 22 Aug 2013
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Would not recommend. 7 Sep 2013
By Amy
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I usually enjoy this kind of story but I abandoned this one part way in. It takes too long to get anywhere and while I appreciate at times it is necessary to use a dialect for the characters speech, it should really be restricted to helping build a particular character. This author rather restricts her audience because if you are unfamiliar with the particular Scottish accent then it becomes quite a chore. Glad I didn't pay full price for this book & will not be looking for the authors further works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely great book 9 Mar 2014
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Loved this book ,laughed and cried but really enjoyed it . Being Scottish I enjoyed the dialogue in Scots . Keep the book s coming Millie .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not very entertaining 9 Jan 2014
By Glen
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Not the most gripping story in the world. I also found the switching of dialects quite distracting. I don't think I will buy anything from this author a
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read 11 Nov 2013
By rhonda
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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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