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The Hop Pickers Children

Sheila Judith Anne Ayres

In the years just before the war, Sheila and her family went away each year on what was known as a poor man's holiday. It was a working holiday for her parents, hop picking to earn some extra money, but also an opportunity to meet up with relatives.

In a little village in East Hampshire, they met with people from all walks of life - from circus and fairground folk to log and flower sellers - and worked daily in the hop fields with their children by their sides.

This nostalgic recounting of those days, filled with tears and laughter, takes us back to bygone days and is beautifully illustrated by the author's husband.

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My name is Sheila and I am the daughter of circus and fair ground people. I did not learn to read and write until I was thirty-one years of age. I have four children, fourteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren, and now that I am seventy-eight, I am finally getting my book published. I started to write my book in 1983, some twenty-seven years ago. My book has been read by many people. I have even read it to school children and my church club. I also write poetry as a hobby for the church magazine.