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A Field Full of Butterflies: Memories of a Romany Childhood (Hardback)
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A Field Full of Butterflies: Memories of a Romany Childhood (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 14/04/2011
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Rosemary Penfold's beautiful and evocative memoir of her life growing up in the fields of the English countryside is a moving testament to a forgotten world and a rapidly disappearing and often misunderstood people. Born in 1938 in a traditional Gypsy wagon and surrounded by the love of her parents and extended family in a small but close-knit community, Rosemary paints a vivid and touching portrait of a way of life that no longer exits. From her early memories of her father bringing home oranges during the war to the simple beauty of a field full of butterflies on a hot summer's day, Rosemary's stunningly elegant narrative captures the love and losses, hopes and struggles, and traditions and prejudices that bound her to her family, and helped her adapt to a fast-changing world.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781409122753

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“Highly Recommended”

This is a "warm the cockles of your heart" family memoir. Perhaps rose tinted in retrospect but Rosemary Penfold is a wonderful advocate for the close knit kinship, kindness and love within her large Romany... More

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“Started well.....”

sorry to say I found parts of this book a little dull....
other parts funny and entertaining....mixed bag!

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