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Rabbit Stew and a Penny or Two by Maggie Smith-Bendell

Rabbit Stew and a Penny or Two

A Gypsy Family's Hard and Happy Times on the Road in the 1950s

by Maggie Smith-Bendell

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Unabridged Edition
Running Time
6 Hrs. 6 Min.


Born on a Somerset pea-field in 1941, the second of eight children in a Romani family, Maggie Smith-Bendell has lived through the years of greatest change in the travelling community's long history. As a child, Maggie rode and slept in a horse-drawn wagon, picked hops and flowers, and sat beside her father's campfire on ancient verges, poor but free to roam. As the twentieth century progressed, common land was fenced off and the traditional ways disappeared.

Eventually Maggie married a house-dweller and tried to settle for bricks and mortar, but she never lost the restless spirit, the deep love of the land and the gift for storytelling that were her Romani inheritance.

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