EXTRACT: My dear darling Mum,
It was great to hear from you sweetness. Just to feel a bit nearer—as you say—but isn’t it strange how near you do feel when you get a letter? And Mum dear—lately I’d have given anything just to see you for a while. I have been ill, really ill. We’ve had a terrible lot of worry… and Tony, he is dreadful regarding money… sometimes he does such silly things expecting to make money out of it that I get really wild. Anyway dear, I’ve had a nervous collapse.
Contains adult themes
Female | Teen | 3 to 5 minutes Starts on page 50
EXTRACT: I packed my suitcase and sought out the stage. I took the opportunities available to a girl like me and dabbled in shadowy places, before finally making my way to the bright lights of vaudeville.
I cast off the trappings of my previous lives. Into a horse-shoe shaped lagoon so deep it seemed bottomless, I threw away my suitcase and my past.
I had become the glamorous woman with red lips and rouge cheeks that I’d always wanted to be.
I was about to become a star.