Rabbit Stew and a Penny or Two

  • by Maggie Smith-Bendell
  • Narrated by Patience Tomlinson
  • 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Born on a Somerset pea-field in 1941, the second of eight children in a Romani family, Maggie Smith-Bendell has lived through the years of greatest change in the travelling community's long history. As a child, Maggie rode and slept in a horse-drawn wagon, picked hops and flowers, and sat beside her father's campfire on ancient verges, poor but free to roam. As the twentieth century progressed, common land was fenced off and the traditional ways disappeared.
Eventually Maggie married a house-dweller and tried to settle for bricks and mortar, but she never lost the restless spirit, the deep love of the land and the gift for storytelling that were her Romani inheritance.


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Beautiful written book about the hardships of being a Romany traveler and about are culture Maggie is a true inspiration.
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- Westley

Great audio version

Where does Rabbit Stew and a Penny or Two rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was the first so I am looking forward to listening to more the same sort of story

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rabbit Stew and a Penny or Two?

listening about the old granny and remembering back to my childhood

Have you listened to any of Patience Tomlinson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no not yet

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

loved it

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- Teresa Allen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-08-2011
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK