Virago are like Persephone, publishing books that have been forgotten - usually by women authors and I'm picking up any that sound good whenever I spot them in charity shops..........which isn't often.
Ruth Adam published a few fiction books and A Woman's Place 1910 -1975.which is a History of Women's lives in the 20th century and has been re-printed by Persephone
Virago re-printed I'm Not Complaining, her 1938 semi-autobiographical novel in 1984. It is set in the grim 1930s depression in industrial Nottinghamshire.
Madge Grigson is a primary school teacher in the poorest part of town. With her colleagues she battles with the problems of the time, nits, malnutrition, a caretaker damaged by the Great War, large families and grinding poverty. When all teachers were spinsters and poorly paid and sharing houses with other teachers was the norm.
An interesting story but also useful for finding out more about at the social history of the period. I read and enjoyed it and looked on Amazon to find her other novels but the one I was interested in - A House in the Country is £50! Perhaps Persephone or Virago will reprint it.
Many thanks for comments about strawberry vodka, Christmas hampers and the cross stitch cards.