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Far From the East End is an excruciatingly honest but funny memoir. Iris Jones Simantel's opening salvo about almost being born in toilet bowl - 'I can only imagine what a shitty view of the world I might have had were it not for that nurse and her timely intervention' sets the tone and style of an account of the first sixteen years of her life in war-torn England and her struggle against being locked in to the restrictions of her class.
Simantel says it herself, in her opening chapter, 'Born a Cockney girl': 'I learned early in life to use humor as a defence against the shame of being poor and on the lowest level of the British class system - our "station in life."'
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