Troubador The Baby Box

Released: 28/02/2019

ISBN: 9781789016871

eISBN: 9781789019353

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Baby Box

A True Story

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My mother simply wanted an obedient daughter who would skip the teenage years; jumping from an innocent child to a virgin bride. No matter how I looked at it, my mother and I were at war. 

A move to London offers a teenage dream of heady encounters and freedom with a new circle of friends. Defying the rules brings a shock which reveals how little a daughter understands her mother’s fear of disgrace. 

Jane is isolated in a way we could never imagine today, but which offers her hope in unexpected ways. 

The Baby Box is a frank and compelling memoir, set in the 1960s. A true story, kept secret for fifty years.

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Jane Hayward

I have been writing since I was 13 yrs old - with a break when I wanted to be a painter! I have had some small successes, a genre novel published by Robert Hale, and winner of a short story prize. This memoir has taken me almost 20 years to write and is the story of a secret I've kept from everyone except my husband and children for 50 years. I found it difficult to write honestly while my mother was alive. The truth seemed disloyal. Having cancer brought the facts of life home to me - that I will not live for ever and if I wanted to publish this story I had to get on with it.

I have an MA in Creative Writing from Chichester University. A short story of mine won the inaugural Lightship Prize and was publised in the Lightship Anthology 1 by Alma Books Ltd. I have been published online by MIROnline (Birkbeck University) and @BirdsThumb. Short stories have been short-listed by Comma Press and Liars' League. I live in West London and am looking forward to setting up a card-table in bookshops in my area to sell The Baby Box.

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