- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: White Cockade Publishing; repr edition (30 Sept. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1873487053
- ISBN-13: 978-1873487051
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
She Was Aye Workin': Memories of Tenement Women in Edinburgh and Glasgow Paperback – 30 Sep 2003
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The hidden lives of women who raised families and made ends meet in Scotland's early 20th-century urban tenements...She Was Aye Workin' is an eloquent tribute to the management skills, stamina and moral strength of women who held homes together against all the odds of poverty and poor living conditions. The book covers life from girlhood through marriage and childbirth to old age. It includes material previously seen as taboo on subjects like sexual awareness and domestic abuse, but looks also at standards which regulated behaviour, and the mutual support systems of women. There is fascinating detail on such things as the ingenuity required to feed a family on little money, and on central institutions like the Co-op and the pawnshop. Happy memories of days at Portobello or 'doon the watter' balance the grimmer side of life. The pooling of material from Edinburgh and Glasgow highlights interesting similarities and differences in the experience of tenement life in Scotland's two great rival cities. With all the vividness of oral history She Was Aye Workin' continues the compelling exploration of tenement home life begun in the best-selling Up Oor Close .
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There was one very telling story about a ward full of young mothers in a Glasgow maternity hospital during the Second World War. They couldn't be moved during an air raid, so the nurses just handed them their babies and then disappeared to the shelters! The poor women were left to cradle their tiny babies as the bombs rained down! There are lots of stories like that.
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