A Long Way from Home Paperback / softback
by Una Chandler
Growing up in Barbados in humble surroundings as a devout Christian, Una was the oldest of ten children.
Living in a small rural village with a simple school, church and local shop, life was poor but easy.
Then, one day, a blue airmail letter arrived, addressed to Una's mother.
The letter brought a sense of adventure and changed Una's life drastically - for the better.
John Chandler, a Christian who had once worked with her mother, was writing to invite Una to come to England, get married and start a new life. On her 17th birthday, Una left the West Indies to make her first journey to England, with 2 pounds for a new life in her pocket.
Saying goodbye to her parents and other siblings, she arrived at Gatwick airport on 1st November 1961.
There, she was greeted by a bright and beaming young man with a friendly smile - John.
He and Una went on to have 20 years of happy marriage and 6 children.
Unfortunately, John developed lung cancer and passed away on 25th December 1982, leaving Una a widow at the age of 38.
As life moved on and grief slowly faded, Una went back to adult education college and studied to become a Methodist Local Preacher - for eighteen years, she was the only female West Indian Lay Preacher on the Methodist Church Circuit for Reading and Silchester.
She is the first female West Indian-born Chaplain at Reading Borough Council, where she also works as a volunteer.
This is her story, of courage, faith, determination, hard work and a sense of humour.
Life is for living and A Long Way From Home is about making that journey.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 120 pages
- Publisher: Troubador Publishing
- Publication Date: 01/01/0001
- Category: Autobiography: religious & spiritual
- ISBN: 9781784621711