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A Year In Holloway (Miriam's Life Book 2)

A Year In Holloway (Miriam's Life Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Molly Cutpurse
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1938. Mrs Miriam Baxter, an ordinary housewife and mother of two small children, committed a misdemeanour in the form of theft. Her punishment was to be imprisoned in the infamous woman's gaol, Holloway, House of Correction, North London. Placed with the type of women, with whom she had never been in contact, Miriam has to learn to survive in a harsh environment that took away her freedom, her family and everything she had ever known.
Written with the help of authentic documents of the period, A Year In Holloway, details exactly what it would have been like to suffer imprisonment in a woman's prison just before the beginning of the Second World War.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1786 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Lilith Books; 3 edition (14 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006IV7XJG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,464 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was born a native of Stratford in the East End of London in September 1952 and raised in nearby Leyton, developing a lifelong interest in literature. I joined my local library when I was three. Unfortunately, I had an awful education due to dyslexia. I was caned often because I could not learn. Therefore, I am entirely self-taught. Many of my thirty novels have been proofread (and then republished) by me several times. Nevertheless, on occasions, I still find mistakes, and I apologise in advance.
My favourite book is a dictionary and I often find joy with the correct placement of a single word. I am noted for including 'cookies' or 'Easter eggs' in much of my work and I delight in incorporating coincidences and parallels from our real world.
A polymath, shy, slightly synaesthete with a predilection for the supernatural since childhood and transgendered, after working at hundreds of jobs for twenty-five years, in 1994, after the death of my parents, I decided to change my life around and write as a transgendered woman. Although having assisted in various TV and film projects, I enjoy privacy and I am known for my hermit-like existence, being fully cognizance of how people react to my preferred gender. However, I am known for my positive outlook and broad sense of humour.
I feel comfortable working simply. During the embryonic stages of a piece, I prefer to have very little between myself and content. Although my pieces are written up and further constructed on a word processor, the initial, 'layering of the landscape' is achieved with nothing more than a sharp HB pencil, a wad of new paper and a clean white eraser. This method of creation, I accept as pure, free from electronic distraction and infinitely and immediately alterable. Pareidolia often plays a part in my creative process.
A lifelong migraine and panic sufferer, my work reflects the subterranean, saturnian, plutonic, spiritual, solar and luna aspects of human existence as I continuously attempt to understand our world. A lifelong fascination with time, abandonment, love and death are four qualities which motivate me.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Molly Cutpurse "A Year In Holloway" 15 Mar 2012
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I ordered this book online completely unknowing of what this ladies work was like. I am happy to say that This book I could not put down and I was taken in to the novel,the minds eye was kept alert to every detail that I read
I found this book enthralling. So much so I have bought the next chapter of Miriams life "Miriams War" Again I am taken in to this ladies life where I can feel and hear all the things Miriam sees and feels.
I would recommend everyone to buy and read this ladies works either in paper or e-reader style

A Year In Holloway
Miriam'S War
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 24 May 2012
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I had never heard of this author before. Purchased this out of interest. Unusal and gripping book. could not put down. Have already purchased 2nd book in the series. Will certainly be purchasing more books by her if this is the quality of all her work.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A year in Holloway 23 July 2012
By Dee 23
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both my husband and I read this book A social history book and we both enjoyed it Life in Holloway was very difficult for many inmates and when you read what they they were sent to jail for. she really worked hard while in jail so she was able to get back to her family much quicker than expected.

Molly wrote very emotionally and showed us how difficult it was for both her and the family.

I really enjoyed reading this book

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dodgy editing 15 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Great story, really engaging, a fabulous read. One word of caution though, and this won't bother everyone, but the Kindle version is littered with grammatical errors and poor punctuation!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs a good proof reader! 26 July 2012
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Not a bad story as far as a quick read goes, but I was seriously irritated by the constant grammatical or spelling errors which seemed to turn up on almost every page of my Kindle. I was prepared to give it the benefit of the doubt but for me it completely ruined the book as a potentially good read. I fully agree with the other comments made by a reader who found it annoying, and perhaps I should have asked Kindle to correct the issue or take it up with the writer. Sadly, I am not inclined to read any more of this writer's work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars very poor 17 Jan 2013
By Sarah
Format:Kindle Edition
i found this book badly written and with poor content there was nothing to draw me into the story / what story i am sorry i could not finish it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 18 Jun 2014
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I had seen the "Miriam" books a few times and read one or two intro's and decided to start with "Miriam's Early Years" which I quite enjoyed and was annoyed when it finished with her being arrested. What for? I had to know and so bought this follow on book. (I hate it when a book doesn't finish the story as I feel blackmailed into buying the next book, and I feel cheated!) But I really shouldn't have bothered. The crime was not anything we had discovered in the first book and there were few references to Miriams life in this book and she seemed to have gone through an undocumented change of character, conscience and possibly a cloning! Seriously, it was mind numbingly boring. This second book did nothing to evolve either the storyline or the characters in any meaningful way........
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So disappointing 9 Sep 2013
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This type of subject matter is right up my street, so I expected to enjoy this book. Whilst the premise for the book is good, the writing is very simple and childlike in many ways, with lots of conradictions. The author goes into detail about the items in the cell being, 'all made like children's toys, unbreakable and blunt', and then goes on to say that a diet sheet and 'a copy of the prison rules and regulations hung on a nail'. Nails are not known for being blunt. I was also left wondering about the wisdom of the bell pull. I was completely at a loss to understand the sentence 'Yet, then, the impossible happened; she decided not to cry'.

I found the book to be way too descriptive, beyond what was needed to give atmosphere to it, on many occasions sentences did not follow each other in a logical order, and the punctuation was horrendous with commas everywhere which ruined the flow of the prose.

I hate having to criticise an author's work, but I only got to 12% before having to give up on this book, and I will not be reading anything else by this author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this book
great story need to get the rest of the books very interesting once you start reading can't put it down
Published 1 month ago by Miss Tracey Ann Wilkinson
4.0 out of 5 stars A year in holloway
A good book. It allows you to see how hard life was for women back in 1940s.. so different from today.
Published 1 month ago by nanny t
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read
love these books even thou is my second .good story line one of those books you can't out down .would highly recommend it
Published 2 months ago by mrs l walters
4.0 out of 5 stars very readable
Enjoyed this book am reading the series so this was book 2 though I sometimes found it a depressing read but they may be good.
Published 2 months ago by watsonme
5.0 out of 5 stars Fad
Really a good story and insite into how prison life was for women back in the day. I felt the punishment did not meet the crime but Miriam dealt with her sentence very well cant... Read more
Published 3 months ago by jayner
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but.....
Story good but why was the grammar and spelling so bad? Spoilt it somewhat for me. Previous book as bad.
Published 3 months ago by new caravanner
5.0 out of 5 stars great read.
enjoyed this book it took you back to how the prisons were run years ago and the characters of the women inside in those days. will definately read more of molly cutpurse.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Like all the Miriam books, an excellent read. Molly is a brilliant writer. Her books are hard to put down.
Published 4 months ago by Chrissy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Year in Holloway
It took me a while to get into this book, because it has been written in a different way to what I'm used to. But once I had got used to this way, I could not put it down! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Susan Jackson
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Published 6 months ago by Sylvana
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