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This is the second part of an Englishwoman's life story that takes us from South Africa through to the House of Commons. In the 1960s Pat Lowther and her husband Ron were enjoying life in South Africa where they were working as Salvation Army Officers. But Ron's sudden death was to put an end to Pat's happiness and she found herself returning to the UK with two small children and no idea how she was going to survive. Those days of the early 1970s seem like another age now: a time when a woman could not get a mortgage in her own right, there was no motorway link between the north-east of England and London, and a fitted kitchen was a real novelty. Through all the hardships, however, Pat never lost her sense of humor. With the help of her aunts, and drawing on her own strength of character and imagination, Pat found a home for herself and her children. Then she began a long career as a civil servant that was to take her from small beginnings in the benefits system all the way to the Fees Office of the House of Commons. Along the way she found unexpected love and happiness with her second husband Alex, and eventually things come full circle when they spend a happy post-retirement holiday in South Africa.
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Pat Lowther was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Losing both parents at an early age, she became a student nurse, married in 1950 and emigrated to South Africa with her husband and young family a few years later. Having worked as an officer in the Salvation Army in her adopted country, as a young widow she moved back to the UK where she joioned the Civil Service. For the last four years of her career, she ran the section at the House of Commons that paid MPs their office costs, her job description being 'to help Members to be good employers'. Pat lives in Seaton, Devon. This is her second book with the Book Guild: the first, Vintage 1930 was her life before the 1960s.
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Book Description Book Guild Publishing 2009-08-31, 2009. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Light shelfwear to the edges of the dust jacket. Content of the book is clean throughout, overall a decent hardback copy. Book. Seller Inventory # 084195-5