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Hi ya Im shelley, im new to Completely Novel, but absolutley love the look of the site! I have helped my grandmother write her memoirs over the past year and we have sucessfully sold it to a publisher – and it is due to be published on 7th july 2011 – “Borstal Girl” by Eileen Mackenney. I just wanted to tell everone abouit it as this is completly new to us both! here is a short synopsis……
Born into a fog-ridden south London slum in 1931, Eileen Killick quickly learned to look after herself. Her brothers were wayward, her mum had TB and her dad was working all hours on the railways. By the time she was fourteen she had survived the Blitz, a spell in a care home and her mother’s death, but she craved excitement, embarking on shoplifting sprees, liberating fur coats and rolling toffs up west with notorious ‘queen of thieves’ Shirley Pitts.
Eileen soon found herself in borstal, put to work building roads like a navvy. Known as ‘Kill’, she had a reputation as one of the hardest woman behind bars. Then, in the 1950s she met and married career criminal Harry ‘Big H’ MacKenney, and she was soon fraternising with the toughest, most colourful characters in the London underworld. She went on to have four children, whom she loved and protected, but life was extremely tough and Eileen fell back into her old ways, thieving and fighting to make ends meet. The 1970s brought police corruption and brutality to Eileen’s doorstep. When Harry was banged up, Eileen carried on the ‘family business’ alone and found herself on the wrong side of the law – again. Yet throughout a catalogue of trouble this defiant London bad girl of the old school always kept her defiant sense of humour.
Borstal Girl is a true story of shocking violence and survival that pulls no punches, but it is also a secret criminal history of a London long past. There is no other female memoir like it.
Welcome to CompletelyNovel. Your grandmother’s book sounds definitely sounds very interesting! We gather information about books from Amazon, and i did a quick search and found the listing for Borstal Girl here.
If you’d like to help promote it on this website, then you could send us a PDF sample of the book and we will put it up in our BookStreamer so that people can get a taster. Just send the sample to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ve put the synopsis that you added in above to the listing. If there are any video trailers or the like then they can be added in too. The easiest way would be to start an account in Eileen’s name and then I will add you as an admin of that listing, and you can add extra stuff in.
Hope that helps!
Oh thankyou so much, like i said im new to this so any help is greatly appriciated
kindest regards shelley
My aunt wrote Borstal Girl and as a youngster she went through hell of a lot and I can honestly can say she is so truthful to her word. This is a fantastic read so go and buy Borstal Girl straight away you will be amazed at what Eileen has been through.
I can confirm all is true because i am the daughter of her eldest brother Tommy killick and he would tell me and my brothers and sister all about what happened all those years ago.
My dad Tommy had it hard too as he loved his mother so much from what he has told me his anger came out by fighting as he knew his mother was frail and he was unable to cope with it, I suppose we all deal with things differently, but having said that I also know he had a lot of respect for his sister Eileen, maybe he never told her but he did tell his immediate family.
This book is a true story and well written well done Eileen from your neice Gloria x
As a veteran of two weeks I have found the site useful and the support from Georgina and Oli brilliant.