I'm thrilled with my Greenwich Girl proof, which arrived last night. If weight is anything to go by, it's good value for money! This is a meaty book, packed with all the memoirs, letters and notes my mum left behind. There are so many interesting strands. Here are just a few of the many topics covered:
- Life in Greenwich in the 1920s and 1930s.
- The village of North Aston.
- SELTI (South East London Technical College).
- May Queens of Merrie England.
- Wartime Greenwich.
- Training and working in Millinery.
- Volunteering as an ARP Warden.
- RNZAF Bomber Crews.
- Red Cross training during WW2.
- The Royal Masonic Hospital.
- VAD Red Cross Nursing in India.
- Abbotababad and Dehra Dun.
- Westcombe Park Rugby Club.
- Women working at the Midland Bank.
- Grotton, Lancashire in the 1940s.
- Hardgate, Clydebank, Dunbartonshire in the 1950s.
- J Stone and Co in the UK and India.
- Calcutta (Kolkata) in the 1950s.
- Post colonial India and partition.
- British schools in India (Miss Scrimshaw's School).
- Manufacturing in India.
- Rayner Optical Company.
- Rayner Intraocular Lenses.
- An honest account of Alzheimers.
The book is accompanied by family cine film from the 1950s onwards. There's a playlist on YouTube which is growing daily. I hope to complete it by 26th March.
Greenwich Girl will be published on 26th March, the 100th anniversary of my mother's birth. The paperback book is available to pre-order at the Great British Bookshop (our preferred online retailer) at £19.99. You can also pre-order on Kindle at £7.99.