Irene Remembers - A Cheshire Childhood Ellen Marion Irene Boyd

ISBN: 9781846855771

Published: February 25th 2007

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144 pages


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Irene Remembers - A Cheshire Childhood  by  Ellen Marion Irene Boyd

Irene Remembers - A Cheshire Childhood by Ellen Marion Irene Boyd
February 25th 2007 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 144 pages | ISBN: 9781846855771 | 5.62 Mb

Irene Remembers, the autobiography of Cheshire writer, poet, broadcaster and teacher Irene Boyd (1907-1977), grants us a unique glimpse behind the lace curtains of an upright middle-class family in Edwardian and Georgian England, revealing theMoreIrene Remembers, the autobiography of Cheshire writer, poet, broadcaster and teacher Irene Boyd (1907-1977), grants us a unique glimpse behind the lace curtains of an upright middle-class family in Edwardian and Georgian England, revealing the intimacies and cruelties, joys and the tragedies played out behind the respectable faade.

These disarmingly candid memoirs document her childhood and youth, ending as she enters adulthood, at a time when her experience of life has become so painful, her suffering so great that she can no longer remain a child. Irenes formative years were divided between her home at The Beeches in the idyllic Cheshire village of Whitegate and numerous hospitals including Guys, London. She walked for the last time at the age of ten and became almost completely paralysed with rheumatoid arthritis, retaining just sufficient movement in her hands to be able to write.

Unable to attend secondary school, of necessity she educated herself at home. Nonetheless, she proceeded to a remarkable lifetime achievement: almost impossibly, she obtained a degree in Philosophy from the University of London and became a teacher with the power to turn lives around. Disillusion could become enlightenment- disaffection, courage. With no rancour, Irene recounts the disappointments, privations and abuses of her childhood and adolescence- with no bitterness, she recalls the unmitigated tortures inflicted on her by (no doubt well-meaning) doctors- with no spite, the foolishness of the child who remarks Dont you ever get tired of sitting in that chair all day?- no jealousy for the activities of her siblings, who clearly have their own crosses to bear.

With characteristic self-effacement, uncompromising humanity and sublime spirituality, Irene remembers - and tells all.



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