By Kathleen Dayus, read by Diana Bishop and abridged by Julian Wilkinson.
A vivid and spirited memoir of life below the poverty line in industrial Birmingham.
Born into the slums of the city's Jewellery Quarter in 1903, Kathleen became a legend in her own time, publishing four volumes of autobiography.
Producer Emma Harding.Kathleen recalls some of the formidable characters of her childhood.
The Great War has brought about a boom in the metal trades of Birmingham and Kathleen's mother is keen to capitalise on it.
She sends her 14-year-old daughter out to find her first job, working a factory press.
Kathleen and Charlie marry in great happiness in 1921, but a series of tragedies and hardships during the first years of their marriage force Kathleen to make a heartbreaking decision.
Kathleen desperately wants to escape from the poverty of the Jewellery Quarter and to bring her children home from Dr Barnados, but saving the necessary funds takes much longer than she anticipates.
The Second World War brings both prosperity and tragedy.