The true story of a 1950s south London community united by the local chippy and the woman at the heart of it all, 'Hooray' Hilda Kemp.
Cathryn Kemp is an award-winning journalist and author. She has
written across the spectrum of the British press, both tabloid and
broadsheet, and online, and for many magazines. In 2002 she won the
Peter Wilson Award for Journalism before running her own, highly
successful press agency writing for radio and television. She is
the author of PAINKILLER ADDICT, published by Piatkus in 2012,
which won the Big Red Read Prize for non-fiction in 2013. This is a
personal and lovingly crafted account of her grandmother's life and
Follow Cathryn on Twitter @cathrynkemp
A lovely, nostalgic portrait of a strong woman in a vanished world.
* PRIMA magazine *
This memoir of married life in post-war Bermondsey will make the contemporary Londoner's eyes boggle. Before the sleek glass apartments there was a grinding poverty and semi-starvation, but a great sense of community and friendship. Hilda survives through the love of a good man and her job at the fish shop. Gut-wrenching. * The Lady *