What The World Owes Me By Mary Bowes


What The World Owes Me By Mary Bowes


Staple-bound A4 format. Published in 2009. 

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Mary, poor girl, has lost her tongue completely after what happened in the 'Off Beat' and the 'Portisano', two Soho clubs; and before she finds it again we discover what happened to her, not only in the murkier by-ways of Soho, but also in the Blitz, when she was born, in North Wales, where she was an inmate of an infants' home, and in South Africa where she really grew up. Most people will feel that the world owes Mary Bowes more readings than one.

A taste of the critics

'Stein has a humour that is halfway between a poet's and a clown's'

Times Literary Supplement

'Written with clarity and zest… [Mary Bowes] is in some sort of National Health institution after a breakdown and the chapters alternate her own account of recent events with the author's more extended background history of how she was born and raised. Both stories, moving along together in counterpoint are funny as well as sad, and at the end, with a little surprise in the manner of William Golding, join up.'

John Bowen, Time and Tide