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Kate and Emma [Audio Cassette]

Monica Dickens , Ann Kenton-Barker
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July 1994
Monica Dickens's novel, first published in 1965, opens in a Juvenile court in London. One of the young offenders is a sixteen-year-old girl, Kate, who is described as being in need of care and protection. In the court is a girl only slightly older, Emma, daughter of the magistrate. From her experience of going around with a social worker on his calls she knows that adolescents and, more important, small children are daily subjected to neglect and brutality and that "care and protection" cannot be prescribed like National Health aspirin. She meets Kate again, by chance, in her Uncle's supermarket where she is learning the business from the bottom up. And between these two girls, from different backgrounds, with very different parents who have different personal problems, there springs up a friendship which is deep and, for a while at any rate, beyond misunderstanding. Each girl has her way to make in life, each has her love, hate, despair and hope, each the complications of parental control sapped by the inner knowledge of marriages that no longer work.

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Great grand daughter to Charles Dickens, Monica (1915-1992) was born into an upper middle class family. Disillusioned with the world she was brought up in - she was expelled from St Paul's Girls' School in London for throwing her school uniform over Hammersmith Bridge - Dickens then decided to go into service, despite coming from the privileged class; her experiences as a cook and general servant would form the nucleus of her first book, One Pair Of Hands in 1939. Dickens married an American Navy officer, Roy O. Stratton, and spent much of her adult life in Massachusetts and Washington D.C., but the majority of writing continued to be set in Britain. Her book of 1953, No More Meadows, reflected her work with the NSPCC and she later helped to found the American Samaritans in Massachusetts. Between 1970 and 1971 she wrote a series of children's books known as The Worlds End Series which dealt with rescuing animals, and to some extent children. After the death of her husband in 1985, Dickens returned to England where she continued to write until her death aged 77.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Almost too sad March 14 2000
Format:Audio Cassette
The wonderful Monica Dickens lays bare the pathetic career of reluctant teenage mother Kate. True-to-life details of the cold, damp and neglect suffered by her children are almost too much to bear. There's no happy ending, but an attempt to understand how she is unable to do any better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sad but wonderfully written June 13 2014
By JH - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is a gripping read from start to finish, but utterly depressing as well. It's all too easy to imagine similar cycles of poverty and abuse repeating all over Britain right now, only with more modern trappings around them. I highly recommend the book despite that. The characters are very real and the voices of the two women seem very natural, and the story makes me keep coming back to it.

I have read the battered old paperback that belonged to my mother so many times over the years that it is falling apart. It might be time to get a digital copy!
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost too sad March 14 2000
By Lucy Fisher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
The wonderful Monica Dickens lays bare the pathetic career of reluctant teenage mother Kate. True-to-life details of the cold, damp and neglect suffered by her children are almost too much to bear. There's no happy ending, but an attempt to understand how she is unable to do any better.
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