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The Girl in the Velvet Slippers

it was amazing 5.0  ·  Rating Details ·  2 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Born in 1914 and brought up in a mining community in the north east of England, this is the true story of one girl's journey through life and what it meant to be a working class woman in those times.
The book was first published in 2014 to coincide with the centenary of the birth of Olive, the girl referred to in the title. It not only chronicles her life but also frames i
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Kindle Edition, 131 pages
Published January 15th 2014 by val r brown
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Joan Lisi
Val Brown's book is a biography richly told in period detail. It is the story of her mother, Olive, who begins and ends her long 20th century life in velvet slippers. The dialogue and family stories are interspersed in this true tale placed in northern England's mining country.

Olive, a pretty and pampered only daughter, grows up and marries a miner, struggling to manage a household she was never prepared to run. She raised 4 children, one a love child of an affair during her marriage. She coped
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Sep 17, 2016 Good Reader! rated it it was amazing
This was a terrific read. I loved the story of Olive and how her incredible journey manages to touch upon so many of the important challenges, milestones, and accomplishments of women in the western world in the 20th century. As a woman in my 30’s, I don’t often think about the struggles women in previous generations had to overcome in order for today’s generations to enjoy a life of (near) equality with men. This book is reflective and educational, and at the same time a highly entertaining ...more
Justin Hooper
Sep 07, 2016 Justin Hooper rated it it was amazing
This is the second book that I have read by this author and even though it is a well researched and vibrant insight into the early part of the 20th century, it is above all just a fantastic story. The language is authentic but easy to understand, and like all truly great tales can be enjoyed on a number of different levels. This is the sort of book that would go down well in middle school as a learning tool to bring the Northeast alive and introduce what it was like to be female at this time. It ...more
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