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Monday, 30 March 2009

The Reinvention of Ivy Brown

It seemed like a good title for a blog post and is actually the title of a novel by Roberta Taylor - better known as an actress who has played characters in The Bill and Eastenders. The Reinvention of Ivy Brown is set partly in the early part of 1963 and all those people who remember that year will recall there was snow on the ground in March. Reading the book - which is a little strange - reminded me vividly of that era.

Smoking allowed almost anywhere - including public transport. Women almost always wearing skirts and stockings and not going into pubs on their own. Leaving work when they got married and not admitting to having illegitimate children but pretending they were a younger brother or sister. How times have changed! I'll write a more thorough review of it when I've finished - probably later in the week.

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