• Rabbit Stew and a Penny or Two

  • A Gypsy Family’s Hard and Happy Times on the Road in the 1950s
  • By: Maggie Smith-Bendell
  • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 08-22-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.3 (16 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Born on a Somerset pea-field in 1941, the second of eight children in a Romani family, Maggie Smith-Bendell has lived through the years of greatest change in the travelling community's long history. As a child, Maggie rode and slept in a horse-drawn wagon, picked hops and flowers, and sat beside her father's campfire on ancient verges, poor but free to roam. As the twentieth century progressed, common land was fenced off and the traditional ways disappeared.
Eventually Maggie married a house-dweller and tried to settle for bricks and mortar, but she never lost the restless spirit, the deep love of the land and the gift for storytelling that were her Romani inheritance.
©2009 Maggie Smith-Bendell (P)2010 Isis Publishing Ltd
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
3 out of 5 stars
By Deb on 06-14-12

Not much substance in this Stew

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was an interesting History lesson about the Gypsy families in Britain but that was about all. I found myself wanting something to happen but it plodded along.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

It was an autobiography but didn't offer much in the way of a ripping yarn

Which character – as performed by Patience Tomlinson – was your favorite?

The main characters of the story were all performed well.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

It would depend who is playing the roles of the characters

Any additional comments?

I was disappointed with this story it just didn't go anywhere for me.

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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By Westley on 02-25-18


Beautiful written book about the hardships of being a Romany traveler and about are culture Maggie is a true inspiration.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Teresa Allen on 05-21-17

Great audio version

Where does Rabbit Stew and a Penny or Two rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was the first so I am looking forward to listening to more the same sort of story

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rabbit Stew and a Penny or Two?

listening about the old granny and remembering back to my childhood

Have you listened to any of Patience Tomlinson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no not yet

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

loved it

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