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Sheilah Ward Ling

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1980. Piggy
1981. Final Set

About the Author:
The author was born during the Slump, and grew up in the troubled times of the Second World War. She was educated in a convent, after which she absorbed herself in the theatre, playing in repertory companies countrywide.

Graduating from Rada, she played in a television series where she met her future husband, the writer Peter Ling. At the time of publication of Piggy, she had written many television scripts and was to be found living in Hastings, Sussex, continuing to indulge in acting and exhibiting pastels at the local Arts Centre

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Ling, Sheilah Ward, 'Piggy', published in 1980 in Great Britain by Dennis Dobson in hardback with dustjacket, 216pp, ISBN 0234721847. Condition: very good with some slight handling wear to dustjacket (which is price-clipped). Price: £6.15, not including p&p, which is Amazon's standard charge (currently £2.75 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
1980, Dennis Dobson, hbk
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  • Piggy [top]
    First published in 1980 in Great Britain by Dennis Dobson in hardback with dustjacket, 216pp, ISBN 0234721847 . Original UK retail price: £4.25
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    Category: Children's Books - older teenage readers (aimed at girls)

Storyline: Maureen Piggott was thirteen at the outbreak of the Second World War. It meant for her a move from her family and their immaculate three bedroomed, semi-detached house in a respectable but not very fashionable part of London to boarding school at the beautiful Filsham Park in the country. It also meant a chance to become the most popular girl in the school, involved in midnight feasts and the rest like all the Madcap Mollys and Terrible Tessas of her childhood reading. The first step on this path was to acquire a nickname, and for someone called Maureen Piggott, 'Piggy' was the obvious choice to aim for.

But things never work out as one imagines they will, and this proved to be the case from Maureen's very first day at the new school. First there was the problem of the sticky chicken bone, and then she met 'the vision', Mr Benedict, son of the owner of Filsham Park, and fell in love.

Piggy is every girl who is different and wishes she were not. Growing up during the war years, she lives and loves to the limit of her restricted life and most of her triumphs are accidental

Ling, Sheila Ward. 'Final Set', first published in 1981 in Great Britain by Dennis Dobson in hardback with dustjacket, 191pp, ISBN 0234721847. Condition: Very good, highly collectable 1st Edition with dustjacket (not price-clipped). Price:£12.99, not including p&p, which is Amazon's standard charge (currently £2.75 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
1981, Dennis Dobson, hbk
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  • Final Set [top]
    First published in 1981 in Great Britain by Dennis Dobson in hardback, 191pp, ISBN 0234722452. Original UK retail price: £4.50 net
    Jacket design by Beryl Sanders

Storyline: Jo-Anne Schofield is fifteen years old and on her way to playing in the tennis championships at Wimbledon. Concentration and plenty of practice are hard enough, but then a mysterious caller threatens her. When she meets Steve, a young reporter on the local paper, he insists she report the calls to the police. Jo-Anne finds her tennis dress torn to shreds in the changing-room just before an important match and it becomes clear that someone is trying to stop her winning - but who?

 



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