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Raindrops in the Sun: A Personal Memoir [Paperback]

Marged Llewelyn
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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Herongate Press (9 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955598605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955598609
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,124,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This story of personal survival tells how a girl from a Welsh mining village in the '50s/'60s was affected by her parents' divorce and the stigma attached to divorce at that time. Not having a father in her life caused her much anguish; awkward questions she had to face; the sense of worthlessness she felt. This journey into the past tells of an unsettled upbringing, unsettled schooling, and the coping strategies adopted to deal with everyday life. Salvation came through learning, through education, and certain teachers, who, by their example, showed her that anything is achievable, if it's wanted enough.

About the Author

In order to move on with her life, Marged Llewelyn felt the need to relive her childhood years, sharing her story with others, and thereby halving the destructive impact of her early life. She has often wondered how her upbringing may have affected her life, her health, and the way she viewed the wider world. She wanted answers and so started to jot down memories from her childhood, deeply-held baggage that, once unburdened, proved cathartic. Those first few jottings soon grew to thousands of words, and, before she knew it, this book had been written. For so many, many years he was part of my life on a daily basis; remembered, but not with nostalgia. There was nothing tangible about his presence, nothing to be seen but once upon a time he had been there, a part of me, or, more precisely, I was part of him. Even an unseen being could make an impact but this wasn't in a pleasant way. He was like a dark shadow: no matter how hard you try, you can't shake it off because it's part of you and, really, you're not sure that you do want to shake it off. For me, that would be have been denying part of my existence and anyway, I couldn't deny myself a father as that would have made me a bastard. And I wasn't a bastard. I was a little girl, confused and frightened. I wondered if he was embarrassed by awkward, insensitive questions as I so often was. Maybe I was part of a past he preferred to keep secret, discarded as if I had never been, because I wasn't worth remembering. He hadn't been around during those vital formative years of my development and for me the repercussions had been catastrophic, the cause of much hidden anguish. He had so much to answer for, that man whose name I carried because I couldn't let go. I was tied to him by an invisible thread, a thread as strong as my umbilical cord.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A sensitively written account of an unsettled upbringing in South Wales in the 1950s, owing to her parents' divorce. An eye-opener as to how life could be so distressing for a young child - all because of the stigma attached to divorce back then, making her instantly different to other children. Bullying followed and she had to draw on an in-built determination to somehow survive. Working hard at school was her way forward and her way out of the narrow-minded atmosphere of village life which enveloped her. By reaching back into the past in a humourous way, the writer's childhood is finally confronted with surprising results. An insight into 1950s life and education.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating social history 11 Nov 2009
Brilliant read. A journey back to the 1950s told with humour and pathos as the writer attempts to make sense of her troubled, unsettled childhood having to deal with the stigma of her parents' divorce. Bullied at school and marginalised, she put all her efforts into learning and doing well as education was the way out of the village. One of the better survival stories, and interesting to see that such a short time ago divorce was a huge stigma.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant !! Highly recommended !! 30 Nov 2009
By Mary
Fascinating insight into the author's feelings as she journeys into the past to seek the truth about her sad, lonely childhood. Take that journey with her and enjoy the vivid descriptions of life as it was; the bullying in the playground; the disfunctional family life; being on the outside looking on. Sensitively written with humour. Do chuckle, laugh-out-loud as I did, and marvel that she didn't give in. I couldn't put the book down. Surely a future TV drama !
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, inspiring story 29 Nov 2009
By kate
Difficult childhood sensitively and admirably dealt with.
Clear message of coping with heartache when her parents
Humour, pathos. Laugh with the author, feel for her predicament
as she's left on the outside, different to the other children
because of her home situation.
A well-written insight into social life of the 1950s when
divorce was frowned upon and people weren't so forgiving.
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