** 'I think one of the reasons why I was never properly domesticated is because I was actually socialised by a gang of mad women in flapping black habits' Germaine Greer ** 'If you have ever stood on a chair in front of 200 girls with your green knickers showing, reading out loud from a holy book - nothing truly daunts you after that' Anne Robinson ** 'It was rather wonderful as a convent girl always to be with adults who knew a little less than you did.
We were innocent, we were children but however poorly equipped we were, the nuns always had a little less information about life' Clare Boylan The mere mention of 'convent girls' is enough to elicit a welter of responses & stories abound, from the hilarious to the sombre.
In this brave, witty, often scathing collection of personal accounts, these women talk about what most affected their early lives: from spirituality to sexuality, this truly revealing collaboration both devastates and affirms the myth of the convent girl. Contributors include Maeve Binchy, Claire Boylan, Polly Devlin, Germaine Greer, Anne Robinson and Marina Warner.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 04/12/2003
- Category: Biography: general
- ISBN: 9781844080991
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Review by vlcraven
With my predilection for nuns and convent life it would have been difficult for this collection of essays about attending convent schools to go wrong. There were one or two essays that were bleak and ‘Magdalene Sisters’ but on the whole they were a riot. Some were harrowing, others were memories fondly recalled, but most were done with humour at being taught the facts of life by a bunch of people who probably knew nothing about them. Anne Robinson’s (Ms Weakest Link) and Germaine Greer’s were highlights.