A graceful, inspired memoir about building a home from scratch and discovering a true sense of self - in just eighty-four square feet - by Dee Williams, a pioneer in sustainable living and the proud owner of a very tiny house. Discovering the sustainability movement and building her own house was just the beginning of building a new life. Williams can now list everything she owns on one sheet of paper, her monthly bills amount to about eight dollars, and it takes her ten minutes to clean the entire house.
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For sixteen-year-old Mary Harris, growing up in Rotherhithe in 1934 has its ups and downs. She has a good job in a biscuit factory and a best friend, Liz, who's fun to be with, but she's worried about her younger brother Eddie. Eddie is a difficult child whose bad behaviour affects the whole family. Although Mary's stepfather Ted denies losing his temper with the boy, Mary's seen the bruises on Eddie's small body.
Eileen Wells' daughters mean the world to her, and her husband Reg is just as proud of his beautiful, confident girls. Twenty-two-year-old Ann has secured a position as a secretary, eighteen-year-old Lucy works in the same office as Ann, and sixteen-year-old Shirley enjoys her job at Woolworths. For three sisters, the family home in Rotherhithe is a place of stability and love. But when war is announced, Eileen knows everything is about to change...
Identical twins Lily and Rose Flowers aren't from a rich family, but they lead a comfortable life in 1920s Rotherhithe with their mum and dad. The twins are the apple of their parents' eye, and each other's best friend - they always know what the other is thinking. Feisty Rose has a more rebellious nature than her sister, but it's never before interfered with their closeness. However, Rose's secret dissatisfaction with her humdrum lifestyle reaches a head when she meets the rich and handsome Rodger.
Sisters Connie and Jenny Dalton have always taken it for granted that there will be food on the table and a roof over their heads. In their comfortable house they're sheltered from the deprivation in which their housemaid Molly lives with her family in nearby Rotherhithe. Everything changes in April 1912. As the girls wave their father off on the Titanic's maiden voyage, little do they know that soon he will rest in a watery grave.
Young Pam King can't believe her ears when her Gran, Ivy, forbids her to see Robbie Bennetti. Pam and her mum live with Ivy in Rotherhithe, and Pam's always got on well with her gran. But she won't say why she's so against Robbie, except to announce that the Bennettis are a bad lot. But anyone can see that Robbie's a lovely lad - and not half as dangerous as cheeky Lu Cappa, who's always giving Pam the eye. When her best friend Jill falls in love, loneliness makes Pam accept a date with Lu.
When a naive encounter at a Coronation party leaves 16-year-old Janet Slater pregnant there's no question in her scandalised parents' mind of her keeping the baby. Bundled off to a home for unmarried mothers in South London, Janet is about to face the hardest moment of her sheltered life alone. Forced to give her tiny daughter up for adoption, Janet promises her that one day, come what may, she'll find her.
Millie Ash, born into terrible poverty in the backstreets of the East End, has always wanted to better herself. She gets her chance when she lands a position as a lady’s companion, her charge the disabled daughter of a well-to-do London family. Millie adores her work, and even starts to develop feelings for the son of the house. But years later a tragic accident causes Millie to lose her job and, along with it, the life she so loved. As she goes from job to job, working variously as a typist, factory worker, and nurse, will she ever find happiness, and love, again?
"Starts great, but the second half weak"
Before World War II has even been officially declared, ten-year-old Hazel Morgan and her eight-year-old brother Peter are evacuated, leaving London for the safety of the Sussex countryside. With her children gone and her husband John in the army, Rene Morgan misses her family terribly. When she learns that John has become a prisoner of war, she has to take on the highly dangerous job of firewatcher. Meanwhile, Hazel and Peter are desperate to go back home. Returning to the city, they are overjoyed to be reunited with their mother and Gran. But their father is still far away....
It is 1919, and for Ruby Jenkins and her family, life isn’t easy. Ever since Ruby’s father returned from the war, shell-shocked and incapable of working, Ruby and her mother have had to sacrifice all comforts. However, amidst the bleak poverty of the Rotherhithe neighbourhood in which they live, Ruby manages to get a paid job at Stone’s Laundry. As things start to look up, Ruby starts dreaming of one day having a husband and children of her own. But sudden tragedy strikes.
When a naïve encounter at a coronation party leaves 16-year-old Janet Slater pregnant, there's no question in her scandalized parents' minds of her keeping the baby. Bundled off to a home for unmarried mothers in South London, Janet is about to face the hardest moment of her sheltered life, alone. Forced to give her tiny daughter up for adoption, Janet promises her that one day, come what may, she'll find her.
"Wonderful and Touching"
It's 1935, and Maggie Ross loves her life among the stallholders in Kelvin Market, where her husband, Tony, has a bric-a-brac stall and where she lives, with her young family, above Mr. Goldman's tailoring shop. But when, one fine spring day, her husband disappears into thin air, her world collapses.
It's1942, and Dolly dreams of distant lands. As the war rages on, excitement comes in the form of American GIs posted in London. Although Dolly is engaged to Tony, she can't help but fall in love with Joe, a dashing American.
As the Second World War enters its final year, Ruth Bentley feels life has dealt her more than her fair share of trials and tribulations. For the second time she has lost her home in a bomb attack on Rotherhithe, and with her husband away fighting, her two daughters evacuated to Wales, and her mother killed and father seriously injured in the attack, Ruth is left to face the devastation alone. But Ruth finds friendship with Lucy, and both women dream of the day when they’ll be reunited with their loved ones.
It's 1943. When Babs Scott loses her beloved parents in an air raid, she is left homeless and alone. The Land Army offers her a new life away from the bombed streets of Rotherhithe and, despite the backbreaking toil, Babs loves the fresh, clean air and green fields of Sussex. Soon the farm begins to feel like home and, with the support of fellow Land Girl Lydi Wells, Babs starts to heal. Then two Italian prisoners of war are sent to the farm to work and Babs's safe world collapses again.
It's late 1935, and Sue Carver is living with her parents in Rotherhithe, working in the office of a local car dealer. Pretty and vivacious, Sue has many admirers, but her main love is dancing. One night, a handsome new singer appears at the local dance hall, and Sue falls for him. But then he moves on. And then, just when things look like they could not be worse, tragedy strikes.
February, 1921. When influenza claims the life of their mother, Daisy Cooper and her younger sister Mary are suddenly all alone in the world. Daisy works long hours to keep a roof over their heads, but she worries she's neglecting Mary. Mary is thrilled when the moving pictures come to Rotherhithe, and she loves watching the silver screen flicker into life. But, for Daisy, the magic really begins when the glamorous dancing girls perform, and she wishes she could be one of them.
When her friend and business partner Edwin Brown dies, it seems like Katherine Carter's own world has ended. Not only has her closest companion been taken from her, she's also lost the successful restaurant they built up together, as well as the comfortable home they shared with her young son. Now all this has been snatched away, for Edwin has left no will, and his lecherous brother Gerald presumes he's inherited Katherine along with the house.
"Not Bad....Not Great"