Guard a Silver Sixpence: My Yorkshire Family's Secret (Paperback)
  • Guard a Silver Sixpence: My Yorkshire Family's Secret (Paperback)

Guard a Silver Sixpence: My Yorkshire Family's Secret (Paperback)

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Felicity's earliest memories are of pain and confusion, of being beaten daily by her nan and watching her mum being beaten too. She ran away from home at fifteen. At thirty-six she was a single mother of three sons who was broke and lost. Remarkably she turned her life around, becoming a teacher. But it wasn't quite enough ...Felicity needed to understand why her nan abused her - and in researching her family history uncovered a corrosive secret that had scarred succeeding generations. In 1903 her great-grandmother Emily Swann was hung for the murder of her violent husband. The Wombwell Murder was a notorious case, and it brought shame on Emily's orphaned children. Discovering the povery and hardships of Emily's life in Barnsley, and the traumas her nan suffered as a girl, Felicity came to see the destructive patterns that had been repeated in her family for nearly 100 years, and was finally free to walk away into her own future.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781447277347

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“Fantastic read”

I loved this book and as I was born in Barnsley in the 1940s can vouch for the accuracy of life at that time. It seems a world away from life as we now know it even though it was only 60yrs ago. I was brought up in a... More

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