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on 24 April 2016
This is hands down the best book about a life of a Welsh girl who came from a poor family, went into service, brushed with high society as a lady's maid, nearly lost the ability to walk, endured hardships of war, faced a very unhappy marriage and worked very very hard all her life. And yet she never complained and never asked for anything, not even our compassion. In the end she was able to become a so called self-made woman. The thing that touched me deeply was her affection towards several people who helped her in one way or another. She remembers them all and loves them all still.

I picked up this book at a holiday cottage in Wales but had no time to finish it. So I came back from my vacation and immediately purchased it from Amazon to complete the reading. Possibly because I fell in love with Wales I was able to connect to Anwyn and listen to her voice in fascination.

I felt very humbled after reading this book and very very grateful for everything I have. Life was so much tougher not so long ago. Surviving was difficult, future unsure and all people had to rely upon were themselves and a handful of real friends they made. Anwyn is a survivor.
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on 16 May 2015
I've read a number of books over the years that are similar to this. The story of a working class girl making her way in domestic service between the wars. Frankly, they are all very much the same, and sometimes highly questionable. This one is very patchy. There are long sections which are very detailed, and others where a year or two pass in a sentence.
As with most such books, there are names and places mentioned, which seem to add to the veracity of the whole, but do a quick search for most of the people or places, and you get...nothing.
Whether fact or fiction, this book is fun to read, but don't expect to learn anything new!
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on 17 March 2015
So well written and researched. Full of facts about the times she lived through. What a full and although a hard life,one that inspires all to look forward not backwards. A really good read about an amazing lady.
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on 15 September 2016
A very good read, I always enjoy reading books from the 1950( or the olden days as we say) I will recommend to my family and friends! Thank you!
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on 25 July 2015
not yet read
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on 11 April 2015
I absolutely loved this book! Ms Moyle's autobiography is a beautifully written, fascinating story about her determination to succeed as an independent young woman far away from the small Welsh town where she grew up. Highly recommended!
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on 7 August 2015
good read
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on 25 April 2017
Great for research and well written.
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on 16 May 2017
A good book
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on 12 April 2015
Enjoyable read - she certainly had a hard life but was a determined woman.
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