Rabbit Stew and a Penny or Two

  • by Maggie Smith-Bendell
  • Narrated by Patience Tomlinson
  • 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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Customer Reviews

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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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- Deb

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-22-2011
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK