Let­ters from Alice, Pet­rina Ban­field

Surrey Life - - Literary Life -

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

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