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Download Rabbit Stew and a Penny or Two: A Gypsy Family's Hard and Happy Times on the Road in the 1950s Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (56 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Maggie Smith-Bendell Narrator: Patience Tomlinson Publisher: Hachette Digital Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jane Williams | 9/15/2012

    " Good storytelling, and an informative insight into the Romany life then and now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christina | 6/3/2012

    " A nice book and worth a read. Nice to learn a bit about the travellers way of life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katie | 5/30/2012

    " I really enjoyed this one. It felt like a step back in time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kelly | 5/19/2012

    " I really enjoyed it. It gave a real insight into the Romani life and how awful they were treated by communties and the police, mainly due to ignorance.Their life was hard and their families very tight knit. "

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