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Eileen MacKenney

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Born into a fog-ridden south London slum in 1931, Eileen Killick quickly learned to look after herself. Her brothers were wayward, her mum had TB and her dad was working all hours on the railways. By the time she was fourteen she had survived the Blitz, a spell in a care home and her mother's death, but she craved excitement, embarking on shoplifting sprees, liberating fur coats and rolling toffs up west with notorious 'queen of thieves' Shirley Pitts. Eileen soon found herself in borstal, put to work building roads like a navvy. Known as 'Kill', she had a reputation as one of the hardest woman behind bars. Then, in the 1950s she met and married career criminal Harry 'Big H' MacKenney, and she was soon fraternising with the toughest, most c ...more


Hi ya everyone, just a little note to introduce myself, my name is Eileen Mackenney and I am the author of Borstal Girl its a memoir about my life.
I'm new to Goodreads so bear with me while I get to grips with everything - feel free to say hi and any advice on using the site would be greatly appriciated! Read more of this blog post »
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date: November 19, 2011 02:30PM
location: Hall Green Library, 1221 Stratford Road, birmingham, The United Kingdom
description: Come and get a chance to meet Eileen and hear about her life in a friendly atmosphere, bring your book along for her to sign! If you wish to attend then you must let me know asap as there is a limited number of spaces and they are going fast.
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Borstal Girl by Eileen MacKenney
"The book is absolutely amazing. Her life story is mind blowing, how somebody could go through so much and her outlook on life is incredible. The fact that she's now nearly 80 and she'll still get up and have a fight with someone if they do somethi..." Read more of this review »
Borstal Girl by Eileen MacKenney
"I read this book in 4 hours! only moved to turn the light on when it got too dark to read.

Reading this book is like having the Author sat in your room telling you her tales of life, love, brutality and injustice.
Eileen and family although no Angel..." Read more of this review »
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“If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree. ”
Michael Crichton
Borstal Girl by Eileen MacKenney
“Your first mistake may be your last - choose wisely”
Eileen MacKenney
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" Oh Thank you Amanda, Im so glad you liked it! I love hearing what people think and getting feedback - it makes writing it even more worthwhile. im jus ...more"
Eileen MacKenney and 1 other person liked Amanda's review of Borstal Girl:
Borstal Girl by Eileen MacKenney
"Really interesting to read the side of a London gangsters wife and what a life she has had. Quite a lot of swearing to get used to! But really very good."
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“Your first mistake may be your last - choose wisely”
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“Your first mistake may be your last - choose wisely”
Eileen MacKenney, Borstal Girl

“If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree. ”
Michael Crichton




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