Lu grows up in the Portsmouth slums of the 1920s. She has to work in the infamous staymaking trade, where women endure conditions so appalling that Lu realizes things must change. She loves two very different men, finds deep friendship and develops a growing political awareness.
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Lu Wilmott grows up in the Portsmouth slums of the 1920s. Stricken by diphtheria, she is sent to the Hampshire countryside to recover, and in this idyll she discovers a robust fighting spirit, new and challenging friends, and the first stirrings of sexual attraction.
But, faced with little choice, she follows her mother and aunts into the city's infamous staymaking trade, where young girls and old women endure conditions so appalling that Lu comes to realize that things must change. And she can be the instrument of that change.
Her journey to maturity, from proud but shy child to energetic woman, encompasses love, deep friendship, and a growing political awareness as the Spanish Civil War casts its influence over Europe. Above all, Lu is a survivor – and one to be reckoned with.
'The dilemmas Lu faces … are still relevant to women today, and she emerges as a typical Betty Burton heroine – strong, independent'
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Betty Burton is the author of ‘Jude’, ‘Jaen’, ‘Hard Loves, Easy Riches’, ‘The Consequences of War’, ‘Goodbye Piccadilly’, ‘Long, Hot Summer’, ‘Falling in Love’ and ‘‘The Girl Now Leaving’, as well as a collection of short stories, ‘Women Are Bloody Marvellous!’. She has written for both television and radio, and won the Chichester Festival Theatre Award. Born in Romsey, Hampshire, she now lives in Southsea with her husband, Russ.
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