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A Cornish Waif's Story - An autobiography
by Emma Smith

ISBN: 978 185022 234 7
215x135mm - 209 pages

Originally published in 1954 having been ‘discovered’ by AL Rowse.
Introduction by Simon parker
Foreword by AL Rowse

As a record of shocking social conditions and an unconquerable strength of character it must be unique.  Daily Telegraph

A Cornish Waif’s Story ’recounts the extraordinary life of Emma Smith, from her earliest memories of being sold to an itinerant organ grinder and his wife, begging for her living through the byways of Cornwall, the squalor of the hovels in Plymouth and the degradation of the workhouse.

Her triumph over such appalling adversities makes for compelling reading.  Had A Cornish Waif’s Story been a novel, it would have been well-constructed, neat and satisfying, all the loose ends tied up. But real life isn’t like that; it’s untidy and unpredictable’.

Simon Parker in his introduction to this new edition calls it perhaps the most authentic account of Victorian child abuse since Dickens. A L Rowse in his forward to the first edition in 1954 said, It gives us a unique insight into a way of life totally unknown to most of us...life in the raw.

this fascinating book...hope shines through it. LP Hartley


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Cornwall and Devon Holiday Diaries 1955-1958
by Beryl Hayward

ISBN: 978 185022 229 3
147x210mm - 80 pages

REDUCED! Illustrated with 64 of their own black and white photographs

Take a nostalgic trip back in time, before motorways, when you could park where you liked, before the breathalyser, a land of peach melbas and pineapple sundaes – before we had heard of diets or healthy eating. This is life in the mid 50s, the sun shone every day, rationing was over and holidays were meant to be enjoyed.

These delightful diaries will transport you into a lost world – three  meticulously recorded holidays to Cornwall and Devon in Beryl Hayward’s wonderfully engaging entries for each  day – petrol, mileage, pubs , food, places, beaches – she and hubby Maurice (Maury)) travel  throughout Cornwall and south Devon – nothing is missed, every detail down to the last salmon sandwich – ‘delish’.

As she says ‘... we had a good holiday with plenty of nice eats and drinks. The weather could have been better, but after all a holiday is what you make of it.’

Illustrated with their own wonderfully evocative photos in glorious black and white.

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That Bloody Woman - The Turbulent Life of Emily Hobhouse
by John Hall

ISBN: 978 185022 217 0
235x170mm - 336 pages

55 black and white illustrations

That Bloody Woman is the story of a discarded heroine. Now virtually forgotten, Emily Hobhouse was in her time one of the most controversial figures in the world, hailed as a second Joan of Arc or Florence Nightingale yet denounced as a traitor to her country. Lord Kitchener ordered her forcible deportation on a troopship and Joseph Chamberlain wondered if she posed a threat to the whole British Empire. But to her friend Mahatma Gandhi, one of a tiny minority who admired her pacifist campaigns through two wars, she was “one of the noblest and bravest of women”.

This definitive new biography tells how a restless spirit drove Emily Hobhouse from the genteel Cornish rectory of her birth. A handsome, highly-strung spinster, she attempted to reform a wild gambling town in the American west and went on to lose most of her fortune in a disastrous romance. She travelled to South Africa during the Boer War to expose the British Army concentration camps in which over 26,000 died. At the height of the First World War she embarked on a secret one-woman peace mission to Berlin and narrowly avoided arrest for treason. A whirlwind of contradictions, she was a pacifist with a weakness for generals, an evangelist who shrank from talk of God, a feminist who craved wedded bliss and babies. Intense, vulnerable and defiant, she revealed flaws on the same heroic scale as her virtues, but her towering courage saved thousands of lives – mostly of women and children – at the cost of her health and reputation.

It is a tragic but inspiring story involving some of the greatest names of her time, for at the height of her powers Emily Hobhouse had the ear of prime ministers, field marshals and archbishops, while finding herself reviled in the press and shunned by friends and family. Yet her lonely death in her native land was followed by a state funeral on the other side of the world with thousands gathered to “bury her like a princess”. She had a town named in her honour, plus streets without number, and there is a weird justice in the fact that she is the only pacifist to have a nuclear-powered attack submarine named after her.

This timely reassessment of one of the most extraordinary women of the past century is the result of eight years of research and brings to light much material previously unknown. It uncovers remarkable links between Emily Hobhouse and her great adversary Lord Kitchener, examines a lost period in her life following her broken engagement, and suggests why she is denied her rightful place in history to the present day.

Illustrated by over fifty photographs, many never published before, That Bloody Woman includes a detailed family tree and a map of the concentration camps penetrated by Emily.

An important addition to Cornish studies, a biography as good as this doesn’t come along very often. Simon Parker, Western Morning News