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Scholarship Girl

by Lesley Wheeler
£6.00   paperback  Finishing Line Press (2007)

Scholarship Girl by Lesley Wheeler

"A thieving aunt, a nursing student who peels poppies in the bath, the girl who refused to be "infiltrated" by poppy seeds: these are the marginal types that Lesley Wheeler traces through the "underbrewed" weather of her mother's World War II-era Liverpool.
 
Wheeler's Scholarship Girl takes on the historical poem and gives it a personal, contemporary twist, suggesting the difficult narrative of people on borders - between the past and present, between Britain and America, and between England and Wales.
 
Etymology, the sonnet sequence, and the lyric together weave a story of family and cultural upheaval that only begins to make sense when a daughter looks back to see that "[t]he land is not my mother."
 
Those dodgy characters? In fact, the book reveals, they are all of us. As Wheeler says: "I'll be my green world - it can seethe inside of me.""
(Sarah Kennedy)

ISBN 13: 9781599242262 | ISBN 10: 1599242265