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Linda Agostini

Female | 20s | Under 3 minutes
Starts on page 37

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

Nancy

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.

Contains adult themes