An interesting viewpoint on class and poverty in this novel from the 1960s by Monica Dickens Two girls from very different backgrounds strike up a friendship that endures for many years Emma is the JPs daughter, the world is her oyster she has everything that Kate, dragged up by an intolerable family and abused at all turns, has not Emma takes up social work and they meet when Kate comes up before Emma s father as in need of care and protection Their lives are then revealed from the viewpoin An interesting viewpoint on class and poverty in this novel from the 1960s by Monica Dickens Two girls from very different backgrounds strike up a friendship that endures for many years Emma is the JPs daughter, the world is her oyster she has everything that Kate, dragged up by an intolerable family and abused at all turns, has not Emma takes up social work and they meet when Kate comes up before Emma s father as in need of care and protection Their lives are then revealed from the viewpoint of each over many years It s a tragic story for Kate and Emma s story reveals even her father has feet of clay but the interest for the contemporary reader is the perspective of the 1950s and 60s on social work and poverty The senior social worker with whom Emma works is hardened to the worst effects of poverty and ignorance but deals kindly and with real care with his clients Children are even taken into his own home in emergencies Emma pulls out all the stops for her friend Kate, even when Kate s behaviour to her own children is intolerable I was quite surprised to read that the social workers in the book returned Kate s other children to her even though she had been unspeakably cruel to one scapegoated child and regularly went out leaving the others on their own, doping them with aspirin to keep them quiet Despite the kindness and care towards Kate there is a subtext in the novel to the popular social work theories of the time, Bowlby and the theory of the cycle of depravation I m not sure if the subtext was saying that while poverty exists people will always be trapped in it or whether it was saying that people brought up in the poverty trap cannot be helped because they will always revert to type For this reason it was an engaging read, though not one for the squeamish I have a copy of Angel in the Corner, but Kate and Emma sounds like it might be one of her better books.The best known is apparently the first one, about working as a servant.She seems to be classified as light but I shuld wait and form my own opinion This has been one of my favourite books since I first read it many years ago Always a good one to go back to from time to time A brilliantly depicted and very moving account of the effects of chronic poverty on human lives. Very sympathetically written and amazing how the author makes you sympathetic to someone who abuses their children I don t think it is that dated either Definitely recommend it. As a social worker I find this a really interesting read The themes are still so relevant 50 years later. Kate and Emmawhere to start I will begin on a positive I liked the authors writing style, some wonderful examples of simile if a little overused, and the fact that she invoked strong feelings shows that the story engaged me However, from the outset I imagined I was entering into a scene from Dickens the other Dickens it appears she was so influenced by her Great Grandfather, Charles s works that she may have unintentionally fallen into recreating similar characters and conditions The Kate and Emmawhere to start I will begin on a positive I liked the authors writing style, some wonderful examples of simile if a little overused, and the fact that she invoked strong feelings shows that the story engaged me However, from the outset I imagined I was entering into a scene from Dickens the other Dickens it appears she was so influenced by her Great Grandfather, Charles s works that she may have unintentionally fallen into recreating similar characters and conditions The mention of a bathroom and the child with a plastic bottle jarred with the scene I had already pictured My problem was, once I had this 19th Century image in my mind, I never lost it Bingo, Television and supermarket shops were mentioned, but other than a mere hint now and again, my original impression of a gloomy, cold, impoverished existence prevailed above everything If I hadn t been told that the period was late 1950 s early 1960 s, I would never have guessed It appeared to be poverty and winter throughout the whole story which spanned about 7 years I had pictured Saint Emma in her long fitted coat with little leather boots and gloves, on occasion a hat with a plume, true and Kate in a long tattered dress and shawl around her shoulders I don t recall much of the clothing description except the little urchins in their father s sawn off trousers straight out of a Dickensian novel, or 1930 s maybe The car prot man came across as one of the portly, ruddy faced do gooder characters in his tall chimney stack hat who suffered the snots and pee from the urchins he cuddled Saint Emma too, allowing the child with scabs on his face to lay his head on her smart coat, apparently she loved his scabs too, bless Her speech was sometimes Olde Worlde too I was so happy when a small crusted girl, who turned out to be a boy with long matted curls, climbed up on me, that I didn t mind the smell and dirt of him Yes As if.Apart from little Sammy and the other children, I hated most of the adults.Kate, at 16, was placed in care which could have been her saving little Sammy, her 4 years old son, didn t do so well I attributed Sammy s fate to Saint Emma and her mission to save the self obsessed Kate She became Kate s enabler, spending so much time and effort pandering to her, Emma came across as not there to help this family, but to make herself feel good about it, a sort of willing victim forsaking her own life to show how selfless she was Miss E Bullock, caseworker.I couldn t understand Emma s rejection of her father when she was doing the same thing with a married man and then went on to desert her fianc so she could play the martyr again I also found it quite unbelievable that, in the time period, any social services would allow those young children to be taken from the hospital after their father almost killed them by tampering with the gas pipes, and this was beside the neglect and abandonment while the parents went out leaving them alone If Monica Dickens had wanted to bring a Dickensian story into the twenty first century, she could have done it so much better by using information from that time period this is why I was lost in a sort of no man s land, the visions were so mixed and vague Could Mollyarthur possibly be a pseudonym for Clara Peggotty Kate and Emma p7 Monica Dickens 1915 1992 Why does Monica Dickens end her novels basically mid sentence Argh I could have easily read another 300 pages about Kate and Emma. Took getting used to the writing style Interesting reading this today and some politically incorrect comments evident of 1964 thinking. 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