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No Gypsies Served [Kindle Edition]

Miriam Wakerly
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No Gypsies Served is the sequel and prequel to Gypsies Stop tHere but both books standalone. You could read either one first.
Two years have passed since Kay successfully campaigned for the Appley Green Gypsy Site, and four years since her husband was murdered. Life in the village was going so well, until the phone call and letter. Then comes the disastrous site opening. Worst of all, Dunstan, whom she realises is her best friend and ally, is giving her the cold shoulder for some unknown reason.
Dunstan is taking an emotional trip down memory lane, into childhood as a Gypsy on the road, and his eventual break from his people. Why is he so angry with Kay that he keeps away from her? Chances of a longed for reconciliation look slim ...


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'Wakerly's books do a wonderful job in helping to promote understanding where there is ignorance and tolerance where there is bigotry. I recommend them heartily. Few of us even try to understand gypsies and their way of life. Our knee-jerk reaction usually goes no further than 'not in my backyard', as I discovered first hand when a family of gypsies arrived in a village near where I live last year. The immediate reaction among the residents was a mixture of alarm and resentment. In Miriam Wakerly's Gypsies Stop tHere and its sequel No Gypsies Served it's refreshing to see gypsies portrayed as individual people like the rest of us, making their way in life the best way they can. Reading this compelling story brings home the fact that it's perfectly possible for gypsies to be accepted successfully into our communities.' --Sue Cook, Broadcaster and Writer 'A vivid and imaginative interrogation of human relationships in the context of the relations between Travellers and English country people, and a worthy sequel to Gypsies Stop Here.' --Thomas Acton, OBE, Professor of Romani Stiudies, University of Greenwich .' --Various

Kay is both gutsy and pragmatic while her friendship with Dunstan, the generous-hearted gardener and all-round good guy, has a teasing 'will they, won't they?' quality about it. Dunstan is a strong, impressive character in his own right and it's fitting that Wakerly uses his heart-piercing struggle for acceptance and reconciliation as the basis for No Gypsies Served. (Extract) Reviewer: Juliette Foster --Surrey Life Magazine 2014

'Miriam Wakerly's books Gypsies Stop tHere and No Gypsies Served are a window to the bigotry that a race of people in the UK still experience. Textbooks illustrating statistics of what racism is like are all well and good but what Wakerly adds is an accessible and readable 'way in' to the situation for the general reader, and the storytelling approach reinforces we are talking about real people here, not statistics. I would recommend that people read these books as a reflection of the reality of contemporary Britain.' --Dr John Coxhead, Author of Last Bastion of Racism

About the Author

Many articles and short stories published in magazines. No Gypsies Served is Miriam Wakerly's second published novel. She has a BA Degree in Combined Studies (English, French, Sociology and Politics)from Leicester University and is a member of the Society of Authors. a non-Gypsy she has studied the subject and gives talks. She was on BBC Oxford, The Write Lines, in November 2009.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Strongman Publishing; 1 edition (12 Sept. 2012)
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Miriam Wakerly was born and brought up in Tetbury, Gloucestershire (of Highgrove fame) but has lived in Surrey for the past 34 years. With a degree in English, French, Sociology and Politics from Leicester University; a mixed working life that usually involved writing one way or another; and three adult children now flown the nest, she finally settled down to writing novels a couple of years before retirement.
Her most recent novel, Shades of Appley Green, is set in the same fictional Surrey-Hampshire village as her first two novels, Gypsies Stop tHere and No Gypsies Served. It is a 'modern village novel' and the first of a new series.
Gypsies Stop tHere was launched the day after she stopped working. The Gypsy idea was seeded when working in the community supporting single teenage mothers when she thought the services being offered - support and information -should be extended to the Travelling community. Then excited and fascinated by the information she uncovered through reading; talking to Gypsies and Travellers; visiting sites; attending events; exploring websites of related organisations, she knew she had found her theme for a modern novel - perhaps many novels. More detail on this process can be found in her blog, Miriam's Ramblings. Many questions arose in her mind that her novels try to answer. She felt a need to reach out to people to help foster a better understanding of their current problems and erosion of their culture, but through a page-turner!
In March 2010 No Gypsies Served was published, taking aspects of her theme further - looking at events of recent history to help explain current attitudes, for example. It looks back as well as moving forward.
Enjoyed by mainstream readers, her first two are also included on the recommended reading list for diversity police training; and some branches of the Traveller Education Service use them in their adult literacy classes.
She spoke on BBC Oxford about her publishing venture in November 2009; and has been a radio guest on BBC Surrey several times, and more recently on BBC Glos. She is a member of the Society of Authors and continues to enjoy writing and talking to people about her books.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Miriam Wakerly's "No Gypsies Served" begins with a chillingly real situation following on from the campaign for a Gypsy site that we read about in "Gypsies Stop tHere". The heroine receives a threatening anonymous letter that seems to be linked to her advocacy for the Gypsies. This has actually happened to someone I know and have worked with, so I was instantly hooked on the story!
No Gypsies Served Miriam Wakerly

The other totally believable storyline is about the importance that Romany Gypsies attach to their identity as Romanies. If you saw Countryfile yesterday, you will have seen this illustrated in real life. A Romany living a "settled" life was interviewed as he walked with his horse in front of a traditional wagon or "vardo", which he takes out on the droves every summer, to allow his children to see the traditional Gypsy way of life. His children were in the vardo, obviously enjoying every minute of their lovely nostalgic trip, and when he asked his little girl "What are you, Gypsy or Gorgie?" her reply was immediate: "Gypsy!"
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In "No Gypsies Served" the hero, Dunstan, is trying to come to terms with the feeling that he has betrayed his family by staying away from them, and living a settled life, even if it is in a mobile home. As he delves into his memories of his early life, we are aware of how strong the bonds are that bind the Romany community together, and how important that identity is to every Gypsy. This understanding leaves us deeply concerned for the heroine, who has unwittingly caused great offence by implying that Dunstan is no longer a Gypsy. I always say that you will never find a truer friend that a Romany Gypsy who has come to trust you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book 6 Aug. 2012
By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I will start off by saying that Miriam Wakerly has released another book before this one, "Gypsies Stop tHere", and although they can both be read as standalone stories, I would highly recommend reading them together as they are connected and flow wonderfully from one to the next.

When I first picked up both of these books, I didn't quite know what to expect. There's been a lot of controversy surrounding Gypsies and Travellers in the media, in conversation among the public, and also portrayed a certain way in TV shows, such as "My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding". And I got thinking, what do we really know about the Gypsy and Traveller life? What do we really know about their world at all?

It's clear that Miriam has put a lot of work, effort and research into this book to ensure that the Gypsy and Traveller community is portrayed in a fair and insightful way. One of the things I loved about this book was that Miriam uses actual words and phrases used by the Gypsy community, and I felt this really helped me to connect more with their culture and way of life, it helped me feel like I was a part of their world for the duration of the book. For those of you worried you won't understand the story, the glossary at the back of the book really helps to explain any words you might be unsure of, and after a while, I found myself so in tune with them that I didn't need to flip back and forth to look up their meaning. Although there is a lot of information throughout this book, it is a story first and foremost, and what an enthralling story it is!

There are some interesting and intriguing character developments throughout. Kay and Dunstan in particular are the main features of the story. Kay is a strong,optimistic woman who draws you in and keeps you wanting to read along with her story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read 8 Nov. 2012
By Romney
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When I picked up this book I did not think that I would like it as much as I did but I was curious to read it anyway. What I found was an enjoyable story full of human emotion and events that actually challenged my own thinking. How would I have reacted in a similar situation? I still do not know the answer. However, I really enjoyed Miriam's book which presented itself with various twists and turns and a desire to read the sequel some time later!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book! 3 May 2010
Format:Paperback
Author Miriam Wakerly tackles a difficult subject in her latest book No Gypsies served, but what a treat it is, both in writing style and content. I found it a compulsive read; a love story with social issues, plus a deep understanding of gypsy history and displacement. The author shows great skill in maintaining suspense, with strong likeable characters who fill the pages. I thoroughly recommend this book and it's prequel, Gypsies Stop tHere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a brilliant read! 7 Jun. 2010
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This book is a right riveting read! It has everything, weaving romance into a story which tackles, very fairly - the subject of the provision of Gypsy/Traveller sites and the issues raised. I read it in a weekend - couldn't put it down! I'd recommend it to anyone who wishes to understand the subject without getting too bogged down by the many and varied wordy reports on the matter!
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Gypsies Served by Miriam Wakerly 27 July 2012
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No Gypsies Served is set two years after the story of Gypsies Stop tHere. Kay is now settled living in the village of Appley Green and she has made lots of friends. One of the people she has become particularly close to is Dunstan. Kay first met Dunstan when she employed him to help out with her gardening. Kay and Dunstan had ended up spending a lot of time together and become really good friends. Dunstan suddenly becomes distant towards Kay and she can not understand why and Kay really needs her friends right now, she has been receiving threatening letters and a phone call that is of great worry for her. Then when the grand opening of the Appley Green Gypsy site that Kay had successfully campaigned for, does not go to plan and there are problems, where is Dunstan when she needs him?

Dunstan is busy writing about his past. Dustan's childhood was spent as a Gypsy. Dunstan had eventually broken away from his family and his Gypsy upbringing. But he still feels pulled back to his traditional roots. Writing his memoirs bring back some emotional memories. But what is keeping him away from Kay?

No Gypsies Served is another wonderful read by Miriam Wakerly. Although this book is a sequel to Gypsies Stop tHere, this story can be read without reading the first book. I really recommend reading them both though because they are both excellently written and great stories. I just found myself really involved in the story and I have become really fond and care a lot about the character of Kay. All too often in literature Gypsies are presented almost as fairy tale sort of characters, very stereotypical and clichéd.
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