Sunday, 31 July 2016
Echoes of the Past
Share with Gloria her stories of growing to maturity in the island country of Jamaica, during the 1940s and 1950s.
Life in Jamaica was one of strict discipline both at home and at school and in the society of Jamaica as a whole. And woe betide anyone who thought to buck the trend! It never ended well for them!
Gloria's life was filled with love and also some heartbreak, when it transpired that he boyfriend Glenroy (aka Glen) was already betrothed to another woman. A middle aged school teacher, who was much older than either Gloria or Glen. Almost old enough, in fact, to be Glen's mother!
It was a considerable period of time before Gloria felt interested in the idea of dating again. But, eventually, she did date again.
Eventually she fell in love with Tony, who she married.
But then Gloria decided to move to London during the height of the swinging sixties without her husband, catching the England fever that seemed to sweep the island.
She applied to hospitals in the UK to train as a nurse and eventually found herself in Lewisham in London, where she attended night school classes to learn English, typing and shorthand.
She left her old life in Jamaica behind and began to make a new life for herself in England, settling down there with her beloved Tony and raising three children.
Gloria was able to achieve her childhood ambition to become a nurse working at that profession for a number of years.
It is published by Matador at £9,99 and it's a book that will bring many smiles and some moist eyes as Gloria tells her amazing and heartwarming story.
It's available from the That's Books and Entertainment bookshop, which you will find just to the right of this book review.