My Turn to Make the Tea

My Turn to Make the Tea

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Literary Biography & Memoir
Paperback Published on: 07/07/2022
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'I envy anyone yet to discover the joy of Monica Dickens. She's beady eyed, big hearted and blissfully funny' NINA STIBBE

'Wherever her eye falls, it finds the exact, significant detail, and her ear for dialogue is unerring' OBSERVER

'Monica's naked curiosity and general bolshiness are easy to identify with' LISSA EVANS

Poppy, newly recruited cub reporter at the Downingham Post, is determined to prove to the editor that he's wrong in his belief that 'Women are a nuisance in the office'. He certainly doesn't think she's a nuisance when it's time for the tea round - a job which never fails to fall to the only female reporter.

What Poppy lacks in experience, she makes up for in spirit and ambition. She'll make the Downingham Post the best regional newspaper there is - even if she occasionally gets the names wrong in court hearings. Life for a single professional woman in the post-war years certainly has its challenges - from finding a room, when the tyrannical landlady doesn't consider Poppy to be quite respectable to changing her editor's deeply entrenched ways. This semi-autobiographical novel, recounted with Monica Dickens's wit, warmth and wry observation will charm all who read it.

If you enjoyed My Turn to Make the Tea, you will love One Pair of Feet, Dickens's novel of being a wartime trainee nurse, also published in Virago Modern Classics.

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9780349015996
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Weight: 200g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 124 x 20 mm

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My Turn to Make the Tea
A memorable, funny account of postwar newspaper life republished
This is the third book in Monica Dickens’ series of fictionalised memoirs that recalls her actual experiences in various jobs. Coming from the Dickens dyna... READ MORE