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A Field Full of Butterflies : Memories of a Romany Childhood by Rosemary Penfold

A Field Full of Butterflies : Memories of a Romany Childhood

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A touching and insightful memoir of a young gypsy girl growing up with her family in a long-gone world, by a finalist from THE PEOPLE'S AUTHOR competition on THE ALAN TITCHMARSH SHOW. Rosemary's story is a moving testament to a forgotten world and a rapidly disappearing way of life.

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A Field Full of Butterflies : Memories of a Romany Childhood by Rosemary Penfold

Rosemary Penfold was born in 1938 in a traditional Gypsy wagon, and grew up in the fields of the English countryside. In this beautiful and evocative memoir, she recounts her life within a loving extended family and small but close-knit community.

From early memories of her father bringing home oranges during the war, to the simple beauty of a field full of butterflies on a hot summer's day, Rosemary's stunningly elegant narrative captures the love and losses, hopes and struggles, traditions and prejudices that bound her to her family and helped her adapt to a fast-changing world.


'An enchanting story of a lost world, related with charm and good humour.'
Alan Titchmarsh

About the Author

Rosemary Penfold

Rosemary Penfold lives with her husband of 54 years not far from where she grew up, in the heart of Somerset. She has 4 children, 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She is still close to her extended Romany family who meet regularly for family gatherings. Although 'settled', her Romany roots mean she is still a gypsy at heart.

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Publication date

14th April 2011


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Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co


320 pages


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