Letters from Alice, Petrina Banfield
This heart-wrenching and fascinating book by Sutton writer and foster carer, Petrina Banfield, tells the true story of Alice, an ordinary London almoner embroiled in an extraordinary situation. Petrina’s father was taken into care as a baby and separated from his identical twin at the age of five and it was while trying to reassemble the scattered fragments of his childhood at London Metropolitan Archives that she came across some letters written by Alice. Captivated by the drama of the stories documented in the letters, Petrina was driven to find out more about these early social workers’ remarkable work. The result is a gripping and deeply moving tale, enriched with lively social history and excerpts from newspaper articles, which brings the colourful world of 1920s London to life.
£7.99, Harper Collins