After All These Years: Our Gypsy Journey Continues

Author(s): SMITH-BENDELL, Maggie
ISBN13/Barcode: 9781907396960
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In her bestselling autobiography, Our Forgotten Years (also published as Rabbit Stew and a Penny or Two), Maggie Smith-Bendell told of her life as a Romani Gypsy. Her second book is full of more of her vivid memories.

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“Not only does it contain an important personal history of what life was like on the road but this is combined with a touching love story concerning Maggie's late husband Terry and, additionally, a call to all Gypsies and Travellers to unite and fight for the rights of Gypsies and Travellers. This is Maggie's second volume of autobiography and it is just as good as the first volume, Rabbit Stew. We thoroughly recommend this book to our readers.” Travellers Advice Team News

In her bestselling autobiography, Our Forgotten Years (also published as Rabbit Stew and a Penny or Two), Maggie Smith-Bendell BEM told of her life as a Romani Gypsy.

Her second book is full of more of her vivid memories, this time set in the context of the long history of the Gypsies. Descended from some of the oldest Traveller families in England, Maggie sees traces of the persecution suffered by her people over hundreds of years in the old tales handed down through the generations and in the distrust that is still so commonly shown towards them.

Full of colour and pathos, Maggie's stories spring to life on the page: magical days at the old horse fairs, fights and rows and making up again, the time her life was saved by a mysterious old woman.

At the heart of Maggie's story is her 'gorgie mush', Terry, whom she loved and married in spite of her family's strong disapproval that he wasn't a Gypsy. Together they embraced each other's way of life, bringing up their children to love the best of both their worlds.

The turning of the seasons was the Gypsies' calendar and Maggie and her family were tuned in to every sign that the year was moving on: the different wild flowers taking their turns to show, the crops ripening, the smell of snow in the air. From the pea fields of Somerset, where she was born, to the hop gardens of Herefordshire and to Devon, Dorset and Wiltshire too, Maggie's family travelled constantly back and forth, all of them pitching in to make their living, all of them loving their close-knit family and their unique way of life. But in spite of centuries of tradition, in the last sixty years the old ways have changed beyond recognition.

This book is intended to keep the memory of the old ways alive as the Gypsies' journey continues.

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ISBN13/Barcode 9781907396960
ISBN10 1907396969
Author SMITH-BENDELL, Maggie
Binding Paperback
Date Published 1 Jan 2013
Frequency No
Report Date N/A
Pages 208
Publisher University of Hertfordshire Press

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