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The English Orphans

by Mary Jane Holmes

An insight into social history in story form, this book brings to life what it was like to be poor, female, alone, and reliant on state welfare. While the style and writing lack the snap of modern day stories, the themes are still relevant as readers are drawn to question where charity begins, and reminded that wealth is not a pre-requisite to build a noble character.

Reviewed on 2008.02.03

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