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Rabbit Stew and a Penny or Two (edition 2010)

by Maggie Smith-Bendell

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Title:Rabbit Stew and a Penny or Two
Authors:Maggie Smith-Bendell
Info:Abacus (2010), Paperback, 320 pages
Collections:Your library, Read, Memoirs and Biographies
Tags:read, Gypsies, non-fiction, owned, memoirs

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Rabbit Stew and a Penny or Two: A Gypsy Family's Hard Times and Happy Times on the Road in the 1950s by Maggie Smith-Bendell



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This is a really interesting memoir about a gypsy family in 1950s England. It was quite upsetting in places as it tells of the hardships faced by the family and the ways they were discriminated against. ( )
1 vote 26kathryn | Feb 28, 2013 |
It's not 'literature', but as a window on another culture (and time), fascinating. Really changed my perspective. ( )
  ranglydanglyspangly | Feb 25, 2012 |
A fascinating account of the life of the author, Maggie Smith-Bendell. Now an advisor to Travellers, she recounts the story of her life from when she was born in a pea-field to the present day. As well as explaining many of the customs and traditions of the Romani, she shows how lack of education marginalises people. Well worth reading. ( )
1 vote Welshwoman | Nov 27, 2010 |
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Born on a Somerset pea-field in 1941, the second of eight children in a Romani family, Maggie Smith-Bendell has lived through the years of greatest change in the traveling community's long history. As a child, Maggie rode and slept in a horse-drawn wagon, picked hops and flowers, and sat beside her father's campfire on ancient verges, poor but free to roam. As the twentieth century progressed, common land was fenced off and the traditional ways disappeared. Eventually Maggie married a house-dweller and tried to settle for bricks and mortar, but she never lost the restless spirit, the deep love of the land and the gift for storytelling that were her Romani inheritance. Maggie's story is one of hardship and prejudice, but also, unforgettably, it recalls the glories of the traveling life, in the absolute safety of a loyal and loving family.

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Born on a Somerset pea-field in 1941, the second of eight children in a Romani family, Maggie Smith-Bendell has lived through the years of greatest change in the travelling community's long history. This book tells Maggie's story.

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