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Jane, my eldest granddaughter listened with interest as I often related my childhood memories to her. "Grandma, why don't you write a book?" she asked. I looked into her eyes. She was quite serious.

"Who would want to read about my life? Nothing very important has happened; I was just an ordinary child with a basic elementary education, and normal home and school upbringing. Besides, there have not been enough events to write a book."

"Just write about anything, everything you can remember. I'm sure you can do it," she argued. "I will help you."

I accepted her challenge. Memories were crowding into my head. Jane had just completed her Master's degree in Applied Linguistics. I knew I would have plenty of help and advice. At least, having written about my life and loving family, my grandchildren and their children will recognise the woman who has in some way been a part of their lives, and learn of the ways and times in which I lived.

Nora Chambers

Read by June Dawson

My Sisters

The Miner

Dad’s Illness

The Shop


Girl Guides

Markets, the Penny Bazaar and the Medicine Man

Mam’s Illness

May Day

Bonfire Night



From School to Factory

When I Was Born

Our House

Bathing and the Kitchen



Mam and Dad

Schooldays Part 1

Schooldays Part 2

Health Care and the School Bobby

Sundays and Treats

Street Games and other Pastimes

Cough Cures and other Homemade Remedies

The Street Community

Going Dancing

Going Dancing (Prewar)

War is Declared

The Blitz

War Days Continue

Marcus my Husband

Getting to know Marcus

Marcus Buys Me a Ring

War Days

Our Holiday

My Pregnancy

Our Wedding

Becoming a Housewife

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