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Searching For Bessie


Sheila Kelly

A book that delights us with one family’s journey of love, grief and shame, with some seriously good recipes and delightful prose and poetry thrown in.   Bessie Emma Reason was one of the five daughters of George and Emily Reason – a daughter that brought shame to their doorstep with an illegitimate child born just after the First World War ended.

Abandoned by the father of her child but accepted back into the fold with her newborn daughter, we learn of Bessie’s untimely death in the autumn of 1919.

A cycling accident robs the family of Bessie, yet she is ever-present throughout these pages written by her granddaughter – author Sheila Kelly.

–        Sharon Mooney in the Essex County Standard

Guerilla Shakespeare Publishing paperback, £12.00