A Child in the Forest - Winifred FoleyBritish Broadcasting Corporation [B.B.C./BBC], 1976, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ - in Good+ Dustwrapper. Gently faded at the spine and onto the margins of the panels. Edges of dustwrapper somewhat ruffled. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners. Top ½" of the first blank excised. Boards slightly sprung. Text complete, clean and tight.
Later Printing. [First Edition: 1974]
From the cover: “The life of the twenties has been celebrated often enough from the top of the economic pyramid, this is a voice — all the more welcome for being rare — from the bottom. It keeps the sharp particularity of childhood memories — great-aunt, growing old, having her laying-out clothes laundered once a year, Dad, tired after his shift and grimy with pit dust performing a clog dance in the path or standing on his head to amuse his children.
For although Winifred Foley’s father was a miner, the village was surrounded by the oaks of the Forest of Dean. The contrast between the beauty of the setting and the poverty of the village, between the humanity and love which went into her upbringing and the harshness of conditions that made hunger a common experience marks the book.
It is Winifred Foley’s own zest for life that runs through her story, as she tells without a trace of self-pity of one child raised in a loving home who had to leave that warm security for a job where she was the all-purpose labour-saving device — a living-in maid. For girls like her, there was no other alternative.
The story is remarkable for its honesty, and for the author’s gift of re-creating times and people long dead with an incisive precision: it also proves how extraordinarily interesting an ordinary life can be.”