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The diary of an ordinary schoolgirl living in Carlisle in 1954 -- a perfectly preserved period piece from one of the UK's favourite novelists

23 February
Results rolling in! Algebra, 6th = 74%. Not bad. Latin = 55% Thrilled! History top = 85% smashing! Geography, disgusting, 2nd = 67%.
In 1954 in Carlisle lived an ordinary 15-year-old schoolgirl called Margaret. She would go on to become an acclaimed writer, the author of the novels Georgy Girl and Diary of an Ordinary Woman as well as biographies and memoirs. But this is her diary from that year; her life. Hers might be a lost world, but her daily observations bring it back in vivid, irresistible detail.

7 May
Wonderful feat accomplished yesterday by Roger Bannister! At last, the 4 minute mile. Glad an Englishman got it before anyone else.

24 July
Bought a pair of shorts – white, very short with two pockets. Super but rather daring!

2 September
Mum’s coming back on Saturday. Miss her every minute! I'll never marry and have a family -- housekeeping for two for a week is bad enough -- but for life!

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  • Hardback

    9781784742232

    December 15, 2017

    Chatto & Windus

    RRP $29.99

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    9781473552555

    December 7, 2017

    Vintage Digital

    208 pages

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Also by Margaret Forster

How to Measure a Cow
My Life in Houses
The Unknown Bridesmaid
Shadow Baby
The Memory Box
Isa and May
Over
Daphne Du Maurier
Keeping the World Away
Is There Anything You Want?
Mothers' Boys
Georgy Girl
Lady's Maid
Significant Sisters
Private Papers
The Battle For Christabel
Seduction Of Mrs Pendlebury
Diary Of An Ordinary Woman
Have The Men Had Enough?
Mother Can You Hear Me?
Good Wives
Precious Lives
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Rich Desserts And Captains Thin

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Not Dead Yet: The Autobiography
The Princess Diarist
The Boy Behind the Curtain
The Pigeon Tunnel
Everything to Live For
The Choice
When Breath Becomes Air
Lion: A Long Way Home
In Order To Live
How To Be A Bawse
Life After Life
Not Your Average Nurse
The Man Who Climbs Trees
Life Sentence
Not All Black and White
No Place to Lay One's Head
The Fair and the Foul
Autumn
Dadland
We Had Some Laughs