Born on a Somerset pea-field in 1941, the second of eight children in a Romani family, Maggie Smith-Bendell has lived through the years of greatest change in the travelling community's long history. As a child, Maggie rode and slept in a horse-drawn wagon, picked hops and flowers, and sat beside her father's campfire on ancient verges, poor but free to roam. As the twentieth century progressed, common land was fenced off and the traditional ways disappeared.
Eventually Maggie married a house-dweller and tried to settle for bricks and mortar, but she never lost the restless spirit, the deep love of the land and the gift for storytelling that were her Romani inheritance.
©2009 Maggie Smith-Bendell (P)2010 Isis Publishing Ltd
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"Not much substance in this Stew"
It was an interesting History lesson about the Gypsy families in Britain but that was about all. I found myself wanting something to happen but it plodded along.
It was an autobiography but didn't offer much in the way of a ripping yarn
The main characters of the story were all performed well.
It would depend who is playing the roles of the characters
I was disappointed with this story it just didn't go anywhere for me.
I really enjoyed listening to this and getting and insight into the Romany way of life very educational
"a good read"
it's such a shame that the travelling communities are treated this way, seeing their way of life through a young child's perspective realising that it is a cultural difference and a way of life, threaten by our laws which are suppose to protect people from discrimination.
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