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A Cornish Waif's Story: An Autobiography

4.55  ·  Rating Details ·  11 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
200 pages
Published 2010 by Truran
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Oct 19, 2016 Dorcas rated it it was amazing
I tried savoring this but couldn't. It is such an engrossing true story that I read until my eyes were bugged, took ten minute breaks and picked it right up again.

Emma Smith (who is using a pseudonym to protect her mother, still alive) was stigmatized from the very beginning, being illegitimate. She went from her grandmother's* home to a workhouse, back to her grandmother's, back to the workhouse etc until her biological mother took her away to live with a grimy hurdy gurdy man and his wife, bas
Jul 11, 2011 Sephie rated it really liked it
Shelves: auto_biog
First published in 1954 this is the true memoir of Mabel Lewis aka Emma Smith. Sold to a hurdy-gurdy man at age 6, she suffered years of abuse and neglect, in and out of the workhouse, children's homes and a convent she eventually marries and emigrates to Australia. At a later date her family returned to her native Cornwall, but the story doesn't end there.

Fascinating insight into a poor Victorian child's life.
Aug 27, 2014 Catherine rated it it was amazing
This is a great book, written simply and it's like you sat listening to this wonderful lady telling you her story. This book is not a "oh my sad life" type of tale it just how it was, she tell her tale in a matter of fact way. This is a book I couldn't wait to pick again and felt better for reading it. I recommend this book for an enjoyable and informative read.
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Apr 16, 2015 Karen Moseley rated it really liked it
A very moving description of a young girls very traumatic life. Amazing strength of character and recounted in a very moving way,really makes you appreciate what we all take for granted!
Feb 18, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing
reading this was just like being with the lady and listening to her. What a life! Her story is one of hope for us all.
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EMMA SMITH was born in Cornwall in 1923 and was privately educated. In 1939 she took her first job in the Records Department of the War Office before volunteering for work on the canals; this gave her the material for Maidens' Trip (1948), which won the John Llewellyn Rhys M
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