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My Life, and Its Ups and Downs-bookcover

By: Anna Goddard

My Life, and Its Ups and Downs

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Who would have thought that growing up could be such fun? Especially in a village where you knew everyone, and we all looked out for each other. It appears with today’s hardships and crime that the fifties were the best years to be alive. It was safe to walk about the streets, even as a five-year-old at school. The pace of life was a lot slower and more genteel. Not so many cars were on the roads, and jobs were easy to change if you didn’t like the one you were in.

In this heartwarming memoir, Anna Goddard takes us through the ups and downs of her life journey, from her humble beginnings in a Kentish village to her varied career pursuits, whirlwind romances, and the joys and challenges of raising a young family. With refreshing candour and humour, Anna reflects on coming of age in post-war Britain, training as a nurse, her unplanned twin pregnancy, and navigating young motherhood. As times change, so do attitudes, fashions, and relationships. Through it all, Anna retains her wit, warmth, and lust for life.

Brimming with nostalgia and hard-won wisdom, this is the story of an ordinary yet extraordinary woman making her way through extraordinary times. Her account offers a window into a bygone era and reminds us of the resilience of the human spirit.

Anna Goddard was born in a Kentish village, just after the Second World War to an ex-serviceman and a pastry chef. She attended the village school, then a modern secondary school, followed by a grammar school in a local town. She trained as a nurse and worked for forty years in the National Health Service, then for the Ministry of Defence at the local barracks’ medical centre, until she had a stroke and retired.

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