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Four Meals For Fourpence

A Heartwarming Tale of Family Life in London's old East End

By Grace Foakes, Joanna Goldsworthy

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Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Other Information: Integrated: 12, line drawings
Published In: UK, 12 May 2011
I was born in a tenement flat in the East End of London in the year in which Queen Victoria died.' FOUR MEALS FOR FOURPENCE is Grace Foakes's memories of her girlhood in Wapping in the early 1900s. With a child's uncluttered eye, she describes the small details - shopping in the market, men waiting for work at the dock gates, the rituals of washday, the sights, sounds and smells of the old East End of London. She also describes the fear - of illness, of unemployment, of the workhouse - that hung over her family and thousands like them, and her determination that her own children would never know the kind of poverty she had experienced.

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* A heartwarming memoir of working-class life in the East End in the early 1900s


About the Author

Grace Foakes was born in Wapping in 1901.


""Mrs Foakes manages to convey a remarkable joy in just being alive." "Observer"

EAN: 9781844087273
ISBN: 1844087271
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd
Dimensions: 19.8 x 15.2 x 1.9 centimetres (0.24 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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I found Grace's book a real pleasure to read. It is a lovely memoir with great detail of her early life in and about Wapping.

She has a vivid memory and was able to put so much detail into her story.

As all good books do, it left me wanting to find out much more about Grace and her life.

The book was first published in 1972, and was probably written by Grace as a memior to leave her grandchildren. But it is so much more than that and will appeal to a much wider readership.

I admire Grace for having the willpower to finish her story and have it published. This book is a testimony to the determination of an East End girl born and raised in poverty. It is an excellent read.

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