Irene Bolton (1917 - 2003)

Irene Bolton was born in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham. The fourth child of Rose and William Taylor, she worked as a secretary in Birmingham in the years before the Second World War. After her marriage to Robert Bolton, she moved to Warwickshire where she brought up three children, became a teacher, and developed her literary skills by writing poetry, short stories, plays and scripts for radio. She later graduated in Arts from the Open University.

In her book of reminiscences, The Child, Irene Bolton, known as 'Tep' to her family and friends, returns to the world of her childhood. With the aid of a trusted companion - her typewriter - she skilfully evokes the sights and sounds of a bygone era. Published on the occasion of Irene Bolton's 80th birthday, this charming memoir provides various glimpses, poignant and vivid of what it felt like to be 'the child' in a distant but intriguing time and place.

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