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Full Hearts and Empty Bellies

(2009)
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'Few people visited the Forest of Dean. They thought us primitive, and looked down on us.' Winifred Foley grew up in the 1920s, a bright, determined miner's daughter - in a world of unspoilt beauty and desperate hardship, in which women were widowed at thirty and children died of starvation. Living hand-to-mouth in a tumbledown cottage in the Forest of Dean, Foley - 'our Poll' - had a loving family and the woods and streams of a forest 'better than heaven' as a playground. But a brother and sister were dead in infancy, bread had to be begged from kindly neighbours and she never had a new pair of shoes or a shop-bought doll. And most terrible of all, like her sister before her, at fourteen little Poll had to leave her beloved forest for the city, bound for a life in service among London's grey terraces.

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April 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Full Hearts And Empty Bellies: A 1920s Childhood from the Forest of Dean to the Streets of London
Author(s): Winifred Foley
ISBN: 0-349-12218-0 / 978-0-349-12218-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Abacus
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