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Running away from heartache and scandal, Tessa flees Cornwall View Product. Cockney Orphan. A heart-warming and nostalgic family saga set at the heart of wartime London, from the Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Born into a fog-ridden south London slum in , 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 Born into a fog-ridden south London slum in , Eileen Killick quickly learned to look after herself. 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 s she met and married career criminal Harry 'Big H' MacKenney, and she was soon fraternising with the toughest, most colourful characters in the London underworld.
She went on to have four children, whom she loved and protected, but life was extremely tough and Eileen fell back into her old ways, thieving and fighting to make ends meet. The s brought police corruption and brutality to Eileen's doorstep. When Harry was banged up, Eileen carried on the 'family business' alone and found herself on the wrong side of the law - again. Yet throughout a catalogue of trouble this defiant London bad girl of the old school always kept her defiant sense of humour. Borstal Girlis a true story of shocking violence and survival that pulls no punches, but it is also a secret criminal history of a London long past.
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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 25, Gloria rated it it was amazing. This book is a true story of my aunt and our family her brother Tommy was my dad what Eileen has written in this book is as true as you will get it as if talking to her face to face. My father told me a lot about our family in London, just as Eileen has described it in her book.
This book is a brilliant read, to be honest I have never been a very big reader but I can certainly say I am now and I just cannot wait until either another book is printed or maybe a film, or even short stories as I know This book is a true story of my aunt and our family her brother Tommy was my dad what Eileen has written in this book is as true as you will get it as if talking to her face to face.
This book is a brilliant read, to be honest I have never been a very big reader but I can certainly say I am now and I just cannot wait until either another book is printed or maybe a film, or even short stories as I know there has been so much more which has happened in Eileen,s life that she can write about.
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View 2 comments. Oct 19, Amanda rated it it was amazing. 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. Feb 12, Kazimiera pendrey rated it did not like it Shelves: memoirs , non-fiction , unfinished. Oct 11, Clare Smith rated it did not like it Shelves: didn-t-finish. Just couldn't force myself past page I flicked to the last pages to see if it improved and was astounded that the writer who must have been near eighty by then was still a angry, self involved brat.
What a shame to live so long and learn so little. Initially I found the accounts of London in the war interesting and developed sympathy for the writer but as the account moved on to the fifties it became boring and repetitive. I would liken it to being stuck in the corner of a room at a party w Just couldn't force myself past page I would liken it to being stuck in the corner of a room at a party with the idiot who lurches from one anecdote to the next chronicling their own life with a healthy dose of bravado.
The language in itself didn't bother me as I believe the author truely speaks this way, what is tiresome is that she thinks it makes for good prose. I'm a great one for profanity myself but once again how many times do you need to read of a person being described as a "fucking cunt" before deciding this book is boring? The spine may show some creases from previous use. All orders will be shipped on the next working day via Airmail and would typically arrive at your address in New Zealand within working days. Items will be packaged securely to avoid any damage in transit.
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