* A moving, funny memoir by a great writer - from her wartime childhood to her stints as a teacher, lady's maid, actress and writer...
In a rare foray outside that natural home, Booker Prize-winner Bernice Rubens penned these memoirs 'while I still have a memory'. Poignantly, the highly-acclaimed author, literary bon-vivante and celebrated film-maker died shortly after completing them. She wasn't quite expecting that but nor, as she reveals in these pages, did she expect to become a writer. It wasn't the sort of thing that happened to girls born in Glossop Terrace in Splott, the 'unmentionable and indisputable armpit of Cardiff'. Bernice Rubens died in the autumn of 2004.
Hugely enjoyable. Rubens delivers her life story in the warm, direct, assured style of her novels, slipping into her old style so naturally that you may forget you're reading a memoir - GUARDIAN
Rubens was valiant, fierce and humorous ... an engaging self-portrait, her memoir is a small triumph - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
Reading Bernice Rubens is like playing grandmother's footsteps. You just wish that she hadn't already touched the finishing line - OBSERVER
Friends and admirers of her work can hear her voice again: sad, funny, indiscreet - DAILY MAIL