Una's story takes us from the stark poverty of her childhood, through her courageous adventure to seek a new life in the UK, the desperate sadness of widowhood and bringing up her large family on her own, to the loved, respected and strong person she is now.
Una's words and the messages in her poetry, illustrate how, in the early days, she and her community had so little yet they just got on with life as best they could and helped one another through the bad times. Yet as the years passed and life improved materially, the support she deserved was not there when it was most needed. However, Una was resolved to make her mark on society, with God's help.
Her achievements show great courage, determination and unswerving faith.
I couldn't put this book down. From start to finish it had me smiling, laughing and crying.
A very honest and inspirational read that had me rooting for Una throughout her ups and downs.
If you're after a book that will leave you feeling hopeful and uplifted, this is a must read.
by Priscilla Ramjing
I read A Long Way from Home and found this book thoroughly enjoyable and could not put it down.
I found Una to be very open and honest about her experiences, she is a true inspiration. It made me remember the stories my parents told me about their experiences when they first came to this country and brought back a lot of memories for me.
by Cassandra Stephenson