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    Poppy – Mary Hooper

    “Poppy sat, bolt upright and uncomfortable, on one of the carved, wooden chairs in the blue drawing room of Airey House in the village of Mayfield. In front of her, looking equally out of place, sat Molly, the other parlourmaid. They were winding wool.” In December of 1914 its all change. Airey House is all about the war effect but the family are up in arms as one son goes off to fight in a way while the other claims to be needed on the estate. Poppy is greeted by an old teacher who tries to convince her to become a VAD nurse to help the war effort. There are…

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    In The Shadow of Blackbirds – Cat Winters

    “The day before my father’s arrest. I read an article about a mother who cured her daughter of the Spanish flu by burying her in raw onions for three days.  ‘It’s like the Gypsies hanging garlic above their doors to ward off evil,’ my father remarked over supper, ‘relying on folk remedies out of desperation.’ He shook his head at the state of the world and scratched his white whiskers.” When Mary Shelley’s father is arrested for rallying against America’s involvement in the First World War she escapes Portland in order to seek refuge with her Aunt in San Diego. For years she has been conversing with an old friend…