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Maisie Pops - 1913-1965: happiness, hardships, health and histrionics [Kindle Edition]

Lewis Adler
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

MAISIE POPS is a true story. It is a mid-20th Century period piece focusing on a compelling mix of happy times, hardships, histrionics and health issues experienced by a single-minded, sensitive and somewhat rebellious woman. Born a Cockney Londoner one year before the outbreak of World War I, during peace time and through ten war years, May Faulkner-Lowe … “Maisie Pops” to her husband … made some life-choices that predated the ‘girl-power’ phenomenon by several decades. Then, towards the end of her life, she wrote down, in note form, her journey from infancy to grand-motherhood, spanning 1913 to 1965. Those notes have been faithfully transcribed and elaborated upon by her son David … a.k.a. the independent author, broadcaster, actor, feature writer and photo-journalist Lewis Adler. Out of courtesy to some families and individuals encountered by “Maisie Pops” during her life, a small number of surnames have been changed.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 374 KB
  • Print Length: 118 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: BookBaby; 1 edition (16 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ENNZRX0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,990 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Social and Personal history at its very best! 22 Feb. 2014
By Wendus
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The phrase "Couldn't put it down" truly applies to this book, and anyone who buys it certainly won't be disappointed.

A true insight into the social and personal turmoils of the early(ish) 20th century, as related through the diary of a South London wife and mother, this read will, I think, make you realise just how easy we have it today. I doubt there's many young people who could survive the circumstances which this lady endured!

Lost loves, shortage of cash, the war years, families which blew hot and cold, plus a hint of class prejudice, all give this book the makings of a social classic, and I can almost guarantee that you'll want to read it from start to finish in one sitting. If you're a South Londoner, you'll probably be looking for the locations in your book of street maps too.

When this book is eventually published in paper form, available in every good bookshop and therefore on show to a much wider readership, I feel sure it will become one of today's 'must haves'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Well worth a read for those who like modern history and true stories. Very easy read and hard to put down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maisie Pops is well worth reading 16 Oct. 2013
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I chose this rating as I enjoyed reading this book .and am pleased I bought it so that I can read it again
I can recommend it to anyone who likes an easy to read Autobiography of family life
Yvonne pilgrim
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming story 24 Jan. 2014
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I really really enjoyed this book. It was an easy read and interesting to me because of the location of the story with the London origins. I could associate certain places to the ones where I lived when I was a child growing up in London. I bought it because I do know the author and really wanted to learn a bit about his background - where he came from - what his parents and family were like. I now have all the information to hand. However, even if I didn't know the author, the book made interesting reading. Well done Lewis on another great achievement in writing this book. I think I enjoyed this more than Redeeming Factor!
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5.0 out of 5 stars None 15 April 2014
A fascinating story which I really enjoyed reading, loved the descriptions of people and places. Wish I could read more by this lady.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maisie loved it 10 April 2014
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Beautiful story of gone times lovely read I actually started reading early evening I was so gripped by it I was still reading it at 2.30am well worth it tho
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5.0 out of 5 stars A-Maisie-ing story 22 Feb. 2014
Lewis Adler is the nom-de-plume of a personal friend of mine. For the longest time I wasn't able to read this book because I didn't have a Kindle. Then I was told about downloading the free PC-Kindle app, so here we are: I've just finished reading about his mother's life and now I have a better sense of where my friend has come from. Since I was born and raised in Canada, there are certain things I would never have understood in full, without the personal historical viewpoint that Maisie Pops allows the reader to witness. It also helped me to confirm the pivotal life events of my friend's early years, something that is invaluable to an Astrologer, since most people have no recollection of what happened to them before the age of three.
If you want to know what happened since World War I in London and the surrounding districts, Maisie Pops is an eye-opener. You won't want to stop reading until it's done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maise Pops by Lewis Adler 4 Jan. 2014
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Warm and though provoking. A magnificent journey through another persons life and experiences.
Well written and quite addictive, material like this just enhances my life.
A bargain even if the price had an extra zero after it.
I shall start on the next offering later in the month.
Above all, thank you for sharing, the humanity within is utterly sublime.
Andy G.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really enjoyed it..
Published 2 months ago by sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful.
I just loved this book, a great read about living, surviving, in times that were much harder and harsher than today's. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Herbert Lom
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Ok, interesting, but not riveting
Published 3 months ago by J. Baker
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Ok
Published 7 months ago by Karen Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Maisie is an inspiration in an age of excess
I really enjoyed this personal diary. Maisie's ability to face whatever obstacle life throws her way and carry on is inspiring. Read more
Published 7 months ago by alison
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting light read
this was an interesting light read.about maise pops her life and family.i really enjoyed this slice of social history.my favorite subject.was short and sweet.highly recommended.
Published 8 months ago by jane
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good book x
Published 8 months ago by tinkerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Maisie Pops - 1913 - 1965
It was an excellent book as it pertained to part of my husband Brian Paradine,s family it brought happy memories. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lynne Paradine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great glimpse of life as it was for ordinary working class people.
Published 9 months ago by Gill S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It brought back a lot of fabulous memories of a lovely family and my childhood. RIP auntie May
Published 9 months ago by Fossie
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