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'We Ain't Got No Drink, Pa': A Little Girl's Struggle to Survive in the Slums of 1920s South East London Paperback – 26 Feb 2015
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Too many children. Too little money. An abusive father too drunk to notice his family is starving. This is the true story of a little girl's struggle to survive against the odds in the slums of 1920s south-east London.
About the Author
Cathryn Kemp is an award-winning journalist and author living in East Sussex. She has written across the spectrum of the British press, both tabloid and broadsheet, and online, and for many magazines. In 2002 she won the PETER WILSON AWARD FOR JOURNALISM before running her own highly successful press agency writing for radio and television. She is the author of PAINKILLER ADDICT, published by Piatkus in 2012, which won the BIG RED READ PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION in 2013. This is a personal and lovingly crafted account of her grandmother's life and her legacy.
Follow Cathryn on Twitter @cathrynkemp
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It is a moving, often violent, story of a girl born into poverty with a father who takes out his frustrations on his wife and children. It is written in the first person, as if Hilda is speaking. But it was written by her granddaughter 12 years after Hilda died.
At many points in the book I was simply left wondering how much of this was Hilda, and how much was artistic license. I'm happy to accept that the basic structure of Hilda's life is accurate, but struggle to accept that her thoughts - for example, as a young girl - can have come down anything like as clearly as laid out here.
I will be looking out for this author again
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