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- DescriptionSnakes under beds. Whippings for bad behaviour. Uneaten meals re-presented at every mealtime until finished. Presents that mysteriously disappear after a day or two, never to be seen again. Is this the stuff of nightmares or the real thing?
- Author BiographyPaddy Staplehurst is the daughter of Rhaune Laslett-O'Brien, the founder of Notting Hill Carnival. She and her two sisters were placed in St Etheldreda's Home for girls in 1944. Paddy had been beaten very badly over a number of years, so the Norfolk Social Services Department felt that she and her younger sister Bille should be moved to a safe place. Her elder sister Dawn had been in living in London and she had been placed at St Etheldreda's a few months before. Paddy is married to Michael Staplehurst and between her and Michael they have 13 grandchildren. Her mother was Native American and her father Danish. Paddy's grandparents were Russian emigres and the family is still living in London. She left school at 15, desperately wanting to teach, but in those days it was the norm that girls placed in a home should leave school at 15 and a job and lodgings would be found for them, although they were still expected to earn their own keep. At 30 she gained a teaching cert. and enjoyed teaching for 25 years. When she had to leave teaching early due to the damage to her back, she served nine years as a magistrate. She is now retired and grows and sells plants on Bedford market as well as lecturing on Native Americans and teaching infant school children to grow seeds.
- Author(s)Paddy Staplehurst
- PublisherAustin Macauley Publishers
- Date of Publication30/11/2015
- GenreAutobiography: General
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintAustin Macauley Publishers
- Width129 mm
- Height198 mm
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