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This is an auction for MY TURN TO MAKE THE TEA by Monica Dickens.

Amazon.com reviews:

"FIVE STARS! At first I didn't know what to make of Monica Dickens (trying hard not to think of her ancestral namesake) but soon she came into her stride, and her sense of humour whilst working at a local newspaper in the 1950s was engrossing and humorous! I'm still enjoying it and plan to read her other books."

"Monica is the granddaughter of Charles Dickens. In this book, together with the books One Pair of Hands and One Pair of Feet, she details the jobs she did when young. In this book she is a junior at a small publishing house, in the days of hot-metal typesetting. There are very funny stories. I remember particular the one where they find a mistake in a word but it is too late to reset the page so they use a hammer to smudge and blur the word and hope nobody notices!"

From Wikipedia:

"Monica Enid Dickens, MBE (1915–1992) was an English writer, the great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens. Known as "Monty" to her family and friends, she was born into an upper middle class London family. Disillusioned with the world she was brought up in – she was expelled from St Paul's Girls' School in London before she was presented at court as a debutante – she decided to go into service despite coming from the privileged class; her experiences as a cook and general servant would form the nucleus of her first book, One Pair Of Hands in 1939. One Pair Of Feet (1942) recounted her work as a nurse, and subsequently she worked in an aircraft factory and on a local newspaper in Hitchin. She was a regular columnist for the British women's magazine Woman's Own for twenty years.

More on Wikipedia.

Hardback 1951.

224 pages.

Some damage to the dust jacket. Otherwise, good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect these books from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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