In this unusual book - unusual because unlike so many it's seen from the inside - Ryalla describes her life as a young child 'on the road', travelling in the family's waggon from place to place, her parents earning a living on farms or by making and selling household items from the hedgerow. The book bursts with laughter, drama and wonderful characters. Meet Pow Pow, Mangle Tit, Nos Nos, Off and On and his runaway dray - not forgetting Jan Jan the chicken and a host of other Gypsies. Times were hard in the late '50s and Christmas was basic but traditional. One or two Gypsies did better for themselves - one had a handbag filled with astonishing mysteries, another a car, whilst Ryalla's Mam aspired to and ultimately achieved an oven made from a biscuit tin. Had the Romany Gypsies but known it, it was the end of a traditional way of life and a difficult transition to a new one. This is a book for all lovers of Gypsy literature, the countryside, nostalgia and the unusual.
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Ryalla Duffy was born 'on the road' - her birth is descrined in the now scarce book 'Born on the Straw' by Dorothy Strange. In a life spent amongst her people, she now works as an activist for basic rights for Gypsies. She lives a smallholding with planning permission for her caravans.Review:
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Book Description Robert Dawson., 2009. Soft cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Bound in pictorial light card covers with white titles to spine.An almost as new copy throughout.125pp.(bk59). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1479917066068
Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR003091944
Book Description Robert Dawson, 2009. Book Condition: Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP88303383