Life as We Have Known It

Life as We Have Known It The Voices of Working-Class Women - Virago Modern Classics

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'I was born in Bethnal Green . . . a tiny scrap of humanity. I was my mother's seventh, and seven more were born after me . . . When I was ten years old I began to earn my own living.'

Told in the distinctive and memorable voices of working class women, Life as We Have Known It is a remarkable first-hand account of working lives at the turn of the last century. First published in association with the Women's Co-operative Guild in 1931, Life as We Have Known it is a unique evocation of a lost age, and a humbling testament to what Virginia Woolf called 'that inborn energy which no amount of childbirth and washing up can quench'. Here is domestic service; toiling in factories and in the fields, and of husbands - often old and ill before their time, some drinkers or gamblers. Despite telling of the hardship of a poverty-stricken marriage, the horrors of childbirth and of lives spent in search of jobs, these are spirited and inspiring voices.

Book information

ISBN: 9781844088010
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Virago
Pub date:
DEWEY: 305.48230922
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xxxvi, 169
Weight: 170g
Height: 194mm
Width: 125mm
Spine width: 14mm