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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New Ed edition (10 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340837586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340837580
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.9 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 405,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hutchinson knows how to spin a good yarn (Birmingham Evening Mail on THE DEVERELL WOM)

The mistress of simmering sagas (Peterborough Evening Telegraph on PEPPERCOR)

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Number One bestselling storyteller Meg Hutchinson now tells her own story in this, a loving portrait of a Black Country girlhood.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jeannie jev on 25 April 2010
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What a wonderful book, as a 'Black Country' girl, I could relate to many things. Luckily I read 'A Penny Dip' whilst on holiday...a good job too or I would have never got to work or got any jobs done!!!!I really found it hard to put down.....I will definitely be looking for more Meg Hutchinson books....That's a must.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tuppie on 26 Aug. 2011
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I read this book some time ago....and now I am reading it on my Kindle.
This is about the Black Country where I was born and grew up, in fact Dangerfield Lane, was where I was born, and this book is so true in every aspect of the times.
I am proud of my heritage, and am immensley proud of my family and friends, that have lived, worked and died in this part of Wednesbury.
A fantasic read and I can assure anyone who reads it, they will not be disappointed.
All that Meg has written about, bought back so many memories of growing up.
It was a wonderful childhood and has had a profound effect on my life to date.

Thankyou
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By fluffyrabbit on 5 Sept. 2008
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An enjoyable read. Laughter and tears. a good account of what life was like for a lot of families. Neighbours were more than that and everyone pulled together through the hard times. Not sure you would get that now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Danish Pastry on 4 Jun. 2012
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As an active genealogist this book was very useful for background information. That aside it was also a gripping story, that was almost more powerful because it wasn't a lifetime ago. That such poverty existed such a short time ago was a revelation
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ann Gill on 16 Feb. 2013
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This is a book that shows Black Country people at their very best, honest, hard working, comunity spirited and able all the love of a family. It tells Meg Hutchinson's story with humour and at times is tear jearkingly being so true and honest. Now know why her books hold a special place in the heart of all black country folk and the world, true to life, believable and honest in every sence of the word. Have always enjoyed her books but know I now the background story will enjoy them even more. Equally on par with Catherine Cookson and her north country roots and books.
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I didn't think this was one of Meg Hutchinson's best works. I found it rather repetitive throughout, having said that she still painted a vivid picture of life as she experienced it. To be even more critical may be the proof readers could have done a better job! It does not deter me from reading her other novels.
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