Orion Memoir MMP February £6.99 304pp 978 1 4091 5840 0 eBook: £6.99 / 978 1 4091 5841 7
HILDA KEMP, CATHRYN KEMP ‘We Ain’t Got No Drink, Pa’ The Heartbreaking True Story of a Little Girl’s Struggle to Survive in the Slums of 1920–30s East London
Too many children. Too little money. An abusive father too drunk to notice his family is starving. This is the true story of a little girl’s struggle to survive against the odds in the slums of southeast London. Hilda Kemp’s childhood was one of chaos and fear. It was a time spent running wild down the docklands, jumping onto barges and stealing coal, racing through the dank back-streets of east London like a water rat, dodging the milk cart or the rag-and-bone man. And standing up to a drunk and violent father at home. Out of this bleak landscape emerges a brave young girl whose life is a testament to the power of love and good humour. Moving, dazzling and sombre by turns, once opened this brilliant, seductive book will not let you rest.
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Orion Non-Fiction / Memoir • February / June 2015
Orion Memoir MMP June £6.99 304pp 978 1 4091 5842 4 eBook: £6.99 / 978 1 4091 5843 1
HILDA KEMP, CATHRYN KEMP A Fish Supper and a Chippy Smile Tales of Love, Hardship and Laughter from an East End Fish and Chip Shop
The true story of a 1950s south London community united by the local chippy and the woman at the heart of it all, ‘Hooray’ Hilda Kemp. At the heart of the local fish and chip shop in 1950s and 60s Bermondsey was ‘Hooray’ Hilda Kemp, a spirited matriarch who dispensed fish suppers and an abundance of sympathy to a nowvanished world of East Enders. Keeping up with local gossip, she hears all the rumours of an industrial strike and of gang wars hotting up: the Richardsons and the Krays are playing out their fights across south-east London. With a cast of colourful characters – dirty ragamuffins, struggling housewives and rough-diamond gang members – Hooray Hilda’s story is one of grit, romance, nostalgia and British endurance. Cathryn Kemp is an award-winning journalist and author. She won the Big Red Read Prize for non-fiction in 2013 with Painkiller Addict. This is a personal and lovingly crafted account of her grandmother’s life and legacy.