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By: Carole Payne

Times of My Life: A Forest Gate Girl

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Times and lives can be ordinary yet still fascinating and touching to others.Times of My Life: A Forest Gate Girl is the story of an ordinary girl born into an ordinary family and how historic and global events affect the family and her life.

For this writer’s family, it’s a harsh contrast between the luxury of generations of colonial life in India to the privations of post-war London. For the writer however, it’s a fantastic ride from fairy tales, comics and Children’s Encyclopaedia to The Times newspaper; from skipping ropes, Saturday morning pictures and toy pianos to appearing on TV’s ground-breaking show Ready, Steady, Go!


The timeline for Part One covers 1950 to 1971, with references to the rich legacy of family history. It spans revolutions and innovations in science, technology and the arts. London in the sixties was an amazing and exciting place to be. Everything was changing so fast and for the first time, young people were successfully challenging the status quo. Fashion, art and music led the youth movement. For a convent schoolgirl from a relatively sheltered background, it was the centre of her world and the beginning of her adult life. The adventures continue, each moment to be relished and cherished, creating memories for a lifetime and future generations.

Born into a large and very traditional Roman Catholic family in Forest Gate, London in 1950, classically educated at a strict Ursuline Convent School and City University, Carole Payne was an unusual and imaginative child. Her life was shaped by global events and chance encounters with interesting, and famous, characters. The swinging sixties scene, music, arts and youth revolution had a massive impact on her, as did her early first and only true love. She decided to write down her memories of this early life for her grandchildren and it turned into a bit of a saga. So this is Part One – A Forest Gate Girl, taking us up to her marriage in 1971. Part two continues her varied career and the adventures which never stop to the present day. Now with family scattered all over the world, as a grandmother with time on her hands, Carole Payne Berry lives and writes in deepest Wiltshire.

Customer Reviews
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  • Sonia

    Oh the memories! Recorded in a straightforward style with an injection of appropriate humour. Being one of Carole's classmates I would particularly recommend the sections describing our convent school. But for anyone growing up in the East End of London in fifties/sixties, there are nuggets of reminiscence which will tug at the heart.
    I look forward to the sequel!

  • Chris


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