“You’re Nellie Westrop and don’t you forget it.”
Queenie of Norwich is LK Wilde’s captivating portrayal of the life of Queenie Read. Heart warming and breaking in equal measure, Queenie of Norwich gives an insight into life in early 20th century Norwich and on the road with a travelling fair around East Anglia.
People say you get one life, but I’ve lived three.
I was born Ellen Hardy in 1900, dragged up in Queen Caroline’s Yard, Norwich. There was nothing royal about our yard, and Mum was no queen.
At six years old Mum sold me. I became Nellie Westrop, roaming the country in a showman’s wagon, learning the art of the fair.
And I’ve been the infamous Queenie of Norwich, moving up in the world by any means, legal or not. I’ve been heart broken, abandoned, bought and sold, but I’ve never, ever given up. After all, it’s not where you start that’s important, but where you end up.
Based on a true story, Queenie of Norwich is the compelling tale of one remarkable girl’s journey to womanhood. Spanning the first half of the 20th century, Queenie’s story is one of heartbreak and triumph, love and loss and the power of family. It is a story of redemption, and how, with grit and determination, anything is possible.