Published: 15/03/2018
ISBN: 9781788038539
Format: Paperback

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Jackie Carreira is a writer, designer, musician and co-founder of QuirkHouse Theatre Company. British-born of Portuguese parents, she grew up in East London and lived in Lisbon briefly as a child. Aft... read more

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Sleeping Through War
by Jackie Carreira

The year is 1968. The world is being changed for ever. During the month of May, students are rioting and workers are striking across the globe, civil rights are being fought and died for, nuclear bombs are being tested, there are major conflicts on every continent, and war is raging in Vietnam. Was there ever a more volatile year in the whole of the twentieth century?

Three ‘ordinary’ women are living through extraordinary times but for them, life must simply go on despite it all. Rose must keep her dignity as a West Indian nurse in East London; Amalia must keep hoping that her son can escape their seedy life in Lisbon; Mrs Johnson in Washington DC must keep writing to her son in Vietnam – she has no-one else to talk to.

The author, Jackie Carreira, was a child in 1968. She lived in London and Lisbon during the 1960s and met these women and many others. She didn’t want their voices to go unheard into the future. Set against the backdrop of real, world-changing events, these are the stories that are forgotten in the history books. For these three women, as it is for most ‘ordinary’ people, just to survive is an act of courage

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