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The Scattered Scruffs Paperback – 21 Aug 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (21 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1425948804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425948801
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,598,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Hazel Jacques was born in Leicester and had three brothers and two sisters. In 1942 her parents contracted tuberculosis, the six children were taken into care at the Scattered Homes Leicester. The parents Emma and George Hunt, were patients at the Groby Road Isolation hospital, where they died in 1944, and 1947 respectively.The eldest brother Ted lived with his Grandmother, and the eighteen month old baby Brian was taken to the Countesthorpe Cottage Homes until his mothers dying wish was that her baby be near her at the Hospital. When Emma died, George then took the baby to live with a friend. George was then readmitted to hospital where he died in 1947. The three girls Hazel, Doris and Edna were sent to the girls Home on East Park Road, in Leicester, and Norman who was living with an aunt was admitted to hospital with Tuberculosis. After seven years in the girls home Hazel left at school leaving age and lived with foster parents. Hazel eventually met and married a policeman (now retired) and lives in Loughborough, she has four daughters. Writing this book was quite traumatic having to relive her experiences, but it was also therapeutic as she couldn't talk about her childhood for forty years. She would like the social services to read her book, so that they understand what a trauma it is for children to be taken away from their parents.

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Social history as a narrative, the life and lives of of children in particular caught up in the TB outbreak of 1940's Leicester. I found it a moving read, especially as many of the places and road names mentioned still exist.
This is not however a book just for those who know Leicester, but for everyone who enjoys a good read. For me, what I thought on obtaining the book would be fiction, became history.
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I chose this rating because the book was a very interesting and eye opening read. This was written based on the first hand experiences of the author and family.
I was born and raised in Leicester and can relate to the locations mentioned in the book.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It certainly brought a lump to the throat in parts.
Warmest regards to the Hunt family.
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This book is interesting, especially to people who live in or have lived in Leicester. However, it does not appear to have been edited ; some sentences are incomplete,and sometimes punctuation is poor. Despite these failings, the reader cannot fail to be touched by the plight of the family whose lives are portrayed in this book. It is very interesting to see that, while some children's homes described in this book are run as coldly & as cruelly as we have come to expect of this era (around the 50s, I think), others are run by warm, loving people. It is remarkable
that in describing one couple running a home, the man, who appears to be a true father figure, is shown to chase the girls in their nighties! There is no hint of anything untoward being the intent here, but if such a thing were to happen in a girls' home today, there would surely be uproar!
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