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That's How It Was

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'I was just a girl and life offered only things I despised: houses, children, security, housework. I had to pass. I had to. I had to be different.' Paddy is illegitimate, the daughter of another Paddy -- an active member of the IRA who abandons her English mother, Louey, at her birth. This is the story of that mother -- frail, but with an indomitable spirit -- of that daughter -- and of their life together, seen through the clear eyes of Paddy as a child and adolescent. The working class life of wartime England is wonderfully evoked and the subtle changing relationship between Paddy and Louey is movingly conveyed.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

July 1969 : UK Hardback

Title: That's How it Was (Unicorn books)
Author(s): Maureen Duffy
ISBN: 0-09-098830-2 / 978-0-09-098830-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hutchinson Educ.
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Paperback Editions

June 1990 : UK Paperback

Title: That's How It Was (VMC)
Author(s): Maureen Duffy
ISBN: 0-86068-291-9 / 978-0-86068-291-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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1984 : USA Paperback

Title: That's How It Was
Author(s): Maureen Duffy
ISBN: 0-385-27955-8 / 978-0-385-27955-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dial Press
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Kindle Editions

June 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: That's How it Was
Author(s): Maureen Duffy
Publisher: Arcadia Books
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