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.
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Not much substance in this Stew
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.
It was an autobiography but didn't offer much in the way of a ripping yarn
The main characters of the story were all performed well.
It would depend who is playing the roles of the characters
I was disappointed with this story it just didn't go anywhere for me.
- Deb "Wife, mother, nanna, part time actor, avid reader, world traveller, golfer, bridge player, lover of life."