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Monica Enid Dickens (May 10, 1915 London - December 25, 1992 Reading, Berkshire) was a British writer, the great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens. May 10 is the 130th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (131st in leap years). ... 1915 (MCMXV) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... London (pronounced ) is the capital city of the United Kingdom and the largest city of England (strangely, England has no constitutional existence within the United Kingdom, and therefore cannot be said to have a capital). ... December 25 is the 359th day of the year (360th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 6 days remaining for the year. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Reading is a town and unitary authority (the Borough of Reading) in the English county of Berkshire. ... The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... Dickens redirects here. ...

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Biography

She was born in an upper-class London family to Henry Charles Dickens (1882-1966), a barrister, and Fanny Runge. Having become disillusioned with the world she was brought up in - she was expelled from St Paul's Girls' School in London before she was presented at court as a debutante - she decided to go into service despite coming from the privileged class; her experiences as a cook and general servant would form the nucleus of her first book, "One Pair Of Hands" in 1939. "One Pair Of Feet" (1942) recounted her work as a nurse, and subsequently she worked in an aircraft factory and on a local newspaper - her experiences in the latter field of work inspired her 1951 book "My Turn To Make The Tea". Soon after this, she moved to the United States after marrying a US Marine officer, Roy Stratton, and adopting two girls, Pamela and Prudence. She lived in Washington, D.C. and Falmouth, Massachusetts and continued to write, most of her books being set in Britain. She was also a regular columnist for the British women's magazine "Woman's Own" for twenty years. For the school in Edgbaston, Birmingham, see St Pauls School for Girls St Pauls Girls School (or SPGS) is a major British public school, located in Brook Green, Hammersmith, England, and has earned a reputation which today places it foremost among girls schools in the UK. John Colet... London (pronounced ) is the capital city of the United Kingdom and the largest city of England (strangely, England has no constitutional existence within the United Kingdom, and therefore cannot be said to have a capital). ... A trial at the Old Bailey in London as drawn by Thomas Rowlandson and Augustus Pugin for Ackermanns Microcosm of London (1808-11). ... Poster from the 1958 Sandra Dee film, The Reluctant Debutante A debutante (or deb) (French word for female beginner) is a young lady from an aristocratic or upper class family who has reached the age of maturity, and as a new adult, is introduced to society at a formal presentation... A cook is a person that prepares food for consumption. ... A chained book in the Bodleian Library at Oxford University A book is a collection of paper, parchment or other material with a piece of text written on them, bound together along one edge, usually within covers. ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... This article focuses on the education and regulation of nurses. ... An Airbus A380, currently the worlds largest airliner An aircraft is any vehicle or craft capable of atmospheric flight. ... A factory worker in 1940s Fort Worth, Texas. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... Nickname: DC, The District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location of Washington, D.C., in relation to the states Maryland and Virginia. ... The garden of the historical society of Falmouth Falmouth is a town located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. ... This article is about the magazine as a published medium. ...


Monica Dickens had strong humanitarian interests which were manifested in her work with the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (reflected in her 1953 book "No More Meadows" and her 1964 work "Kate and Emma"), the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (coming to the fore in her 1963 book "Cobbler's Dream"), and the Samaritans, the subject of her 1970 novel "The Listeners" - she helped to found the first American branch of the Samaritans in Massachusetts in 1974. From 1970 onwards she wrote a number of children's books; the Follyfoot series of books followed on from her earlier adult novel "Cobbler's Dream", and were the basis of a children's TV series, also called Follyfoot, produced by Yorkshire Television for the UK's ITV network between 1971 and 1973 (and popular around the world for many years thereafter). Humanitarianism is the view that all people should be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve as human beings, and that advancing the well-being of humanity is a noble goal. ... The NSPCC, correctly known as the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is the UKs leading charity [1] specialising in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is a charity in England and Wales that promotes animal welfare. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative in prose. ... Follyfoot was a television series produced by Yorkshire Television for ITV between 1971 and 1973, repeated for a couple of years after that and again in the late 1980s. ... Yorkshire Television Limited is the ITV contractor for Yorkshire, England, and the surrounding areas. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ...


In 1978 Monica Dickens published her autobiography, "An Open Book." In 1985 she returned to the UK after the death of her husband, and continued to write until her death on Christmas Day 1992, her final book being published posthumously. She was also an occasional broadcaster for most of her writing career. 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Joseph and Mary with baby Jesus, at the first Christmas Christmas (literally, the Mass of Christ) is a holiday in the Christian calendar, usually observed on December 25, which celebrates the birth of Jesus. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Posthumous means after death. ... Note: broadcasting is also the old term for hand sowing. ...


Adult books

1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1943 calendar). ... 1945 (MCMVL) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1945 calendar). ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... The Three Graces, here in a painting by Sandro Botticelli, were the goddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity and fertility in Greek mythology. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Cover of An autobiography, from the Greek auton, self, bios, life and graphein, write, is a biography written by the subject or composed conjointly with a collaborative writer (styled as told to or with). The term dates from the late eighteenth century, but the form is much older. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... One of the Family (1993) was the last novel written by Monica Dickens, great grand-daughter of Charles Dickens. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ...

Children's books

The World's End series:

  • The House at World's End (1970)
  • Summer at World's End (1971)
  • World's End in Winter (1972)
  • Spring Comes to World's End (1973)

The Follyfoot series: 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ...

  • Follyfoot (1971)
  • Dora at Follyfoot (1972)
  • The Horses of Follyfoot (1975)
  • Stranger at Follyfoot (1976)
  • New Arrival at Follyfoot (1995)

The Messenger series: 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

  • The Messenger (1985)
  • Ballad of Favour (1985)
  • Cry of a Seagull (1986)
  • The Haunting of Bellamy 4 (1986)

Non-series: 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

  • The Great Escape (1975)

1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ...

Quotes

"The limitless jet-lag purgatory of Immigration and Baggage at Heathrow." Purgatory commonly refers to a doctrine in the Roman Catholic Church, which posits that those who die in a state of grace undergo a purification in order to achieve the holiness necessary to enter heaven. ... Luggage is any number of bags, cases and containers which hold a travellers articles during transit. ... London Heathrow Airport (IATA airport code: LHR, ICAO airport code: EGLL, and often simply Heathrow) is the United Kingdoms busiest and best-connected airport. ...


"If a car passes me when I'm on a horse, I always think: if I were in that car and saw me, I would wish I was me. Wistful children's faces, staring out of the back window, agree."


Trivia

In late 1964 Dickens was visiting Australia to promote her works. It was reported in the Sydney Morning Herald on 30th November 1964 that during a book signing session in Sydney she had been approached by "a woman who handed her a copy of her book and said 'Emma Chisit?'" and mistook the query regarding the cost of the inscription. Thus was born the phenomena of "Strine" which filled the newspaper's letter columns and subsequently was the subject of a separate weekly article and, later, a series of humorous books. ... The Sydney Opera House on Sydney Harbour Sydney (pronounced ) is the most populous city in Australia with a metropolitan area population of over 4. ... Australian English is the form of the English language used in Australia. ...


References

  • Lauder, Afferbeck (A. A. Morrison) Let Stalk Strine, Sydney, 1965, page 9

- My Turn To Make The Tea Radio Play And Book Details A. A. Murdoch (born 1911 died ?) was an Australian author who, inter alia, in the 1960s documented Strine in a series of books which were published under the pseudonym of Afferbeck Lauder. ...


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