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In the 1960s Sheila Hardy had it all; a satisfying career as an English teacher; her own car; then a husband and in 1968, her first son. Her writing took off in the late Seventies when she discovered that her social history talks could be turned into books. She has been a frequent broadcaster on local radio; a Parish councillor and long serving school governor. Research for her books has taken her and her husband all over the country, even to the Caribbean for the biography of Nelson’s wife. She enjoys cooking, entertaining, and spending time with her four beautiful granddaughters. She is also the author of A 1950s Housewife.