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A song for Bridget
A song for Bridget
Whitsell, Phyllis2018
Based on the real life of Bridget Mary Larkin, aka Tipperary Mary. We journey back to Ireland, to follow the story of a young girl, growing up without her father, who dies before she is born. At the age of 15, she finds the body of her stepfather, a man with a history of mental illness, who has hanged himself in the family home, leaving behind his natural daughter (Bridget's half-sister, Philomena). Following the death of her mother, Bridget finds love with a local lad, Bill. But when her brother discovers the relationship, he stops it, threatening Bill - then beating and raping Bridget. Bill is forced to flee to England, while Bridget endures a terrible life at home at the hands of her brother. Finally, after giving birth to her brother's child at a single mother's institution, she has her child removed for adoption and she flees to England in search of Bill and a new life.
Main title:
A song for Bridget / Phyllis Whitsell ; with Cathryn Kemp.
London : Mirror Books, 2018.
237 pages ; 23 cm
9781907324840 (hbk)
Dewey class:
362.8292092362.829209362.829362.829 WHI