In this memoir a woman now in her eighties looks back to a childhood and adolescence lived in the turbulent context of England in the 1930’s and 1940’s. It is a young girl’s story of finding her own way through the complex choices and changes that occur, and in this is also a deeper perspective of social history, all conveyed in the unique literary voice of poetry.
Leila Marion Field was born in Sussex, England in 1929. She has been a permanent resident of Australia for many years and has divided her time between the UK and Australia. Her working life was a varied one, firstly to do with books and music retailing, then a midlife career change to training as a professional chef, later teaching at the Cordon Bleu school in London and operating her own catering business. Her family includes two daughters, six grandchildren, and their children.
A poet from childhood, she published some poems in England previous to completion of her first book, Corridors: A Verse Memoir. She lives with her partner in Canberra, Australia and continues her interest in literature, music, cooking and writing.