1953, over half a decade following the war, is a good time to undertake National Service. For Jean, the lure of working overseas means she will volunteer as a teacher with the RAF. Starting in Egypt, Jean spends the next five years (including a renewal of contract in 1956) travelling Africa and the Middle East in a career that, as prophesised by a fortune teller at the village fete, "...will seem like a holiday." Told in an engaging style, A Mistress Abroad brings to life that time of optimism, with the vibrant and revolutionary 60s only a few years away. It was a time in which a woman like Jean could enjoy and experience her early working life amidst the fascination of other cultures and the allure of pilots and planes. For those curious about the period or who would like, in part, to reminisce, this book will be an enjoyable read.
Jean was born in South Shields and is very proud to be a Geordie.
When she was two years old the family moved to Richmond in Yorkshire, where her father was Borough Electrical Engineer.
She had a wonderful childhood and after passing the scholarship she went to Richmond High School.
In 1943 she was selected to represent the children of Richmond in a broadcast to America called Bridgebuilders.
In 1945 she went to Bingley to train as a teacher. After qualifying, she taught in Darlington Catterick Camp, Richmond, before going as a teacher with the RAF.
After marrying, she and Ken moved to St Annes-on-Sea. She taught juniors until retiring in 1984, then enjoyed playing golf at many of the magnificent courses in Lancashire.
Blossom and Me
A Pilot's Life in Active Service from 1930-1954
The Unexpected Homecoming: A Diasporan Journey of Hope Against All Odds
Call Me Max - A Life in Radio
A Life Post-1939
That Good Night: More Memoirs of a Nurse Teacher
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