Vivienne Dockerty

Author of Historical Fiction

About My Book: A Woman Undefeated

Could you have survived the potato famine?

POSTED BY VIVIENNE DOCKERTY ON 13/07/2015 @ 8:00AM

Imagine yourself in a ramshackle turfed cabin. Your mother is too weak to carry on and is dying from starvation right in front of you. Your younger sister has been ill with a fever and doesn't look like she's going to recover anytime soon ...

As you watch the only family you've ever known dying right in front of you, you realise you're starving from a lack of food. You ate a bowl of Nettle soup two days ago as you've been concentrating on helping those close to you.

The Nettle leaves were plucked from the plants which thrive around your cabin door. You haven't got the energy to do anything for yourself except hobble to the door and grab a handful of stringy stems then throw them in a bubbling iron pan on the open fire.

"What would you do if you saw this scene
in the 21st Century?"

In this day and age, we could call an ambulance or maybe phone for the doctor. You may even get the Police and Social Services involved! Even though austerity is biting hard these days, because of help from the welfare system, you probably wouldn't find yourself in such a squalid place anyway.

But my story 'A Woman Undefeated' is set during the Irish famine when the main crop for the 'cottiers' who made a subsistence living, was potatoes. Maggie, an ancestor of mine, at the tender age of sixteen years, didn't have many options.

She could leave the poverty behind then hope the neighbours would bury her dying mother and look after her sister? Or she could travel with a family who were preparing to sail away in hopes of a better life?

Leaving would have been an easy option, but not one that my ancestor favoured at that time. Instead, she went for help (as most of us would) and just managed to walk to a cottage where a childhood friend Jack, who might be persuaded to aid her, lived.

But Maggie hadn't reckoned that the parish priest, upon finding out that Jack was prepared to marry her, insisted that she should be wed to him immediately and leave her troubles behind.

Wise advice for those times, but a world away from where we are now when we have so many choices. Forced into this marriage, Maggie boards an old fishing boat with Jack and begins her new life in a foreign land.

"My book, A Woman Undefeated is a
rags to riches story!"

It's a perfect example of how, even in these modern times, we should always strive to make the world we live in, the best it can possibly be.


If you'd like to read it, then visit my Amazon author page. My books are available in both printed and Kindle format.

Until next time ...

VIVIENNE DOCKERTY



More about Vivienne Dockerty ...

Since arriving back in the U.K I have enjoyed meeting lots of people at the Author Talks and book signing events that I have been invited to. It has been great connecting with my roots again and listening to other people's stories whilst I have been doing research for my next book.

A big thank you to all the readers who have posted Amazon reviews after they have finished one of my books.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vivienne-Dockerty/e/B005VGIGKO


 

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