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Victorian Workhouse: The Diary of Edith Lorrimer, also known as Workhouse, is a My Story book written by Pamela Oldfield. It was Oldfield's second book for the series. The book was first published in September 2004, and reissued in November 2008 and February 2015. It was followed by Spy Smuggler by Jim Eldridge.

Book description[]

"Thursday 26th January
I was shown the laundry—a vast noisy sunless room full of steam and the sharp smell of soapsuds. I counted seven women slaving over the large tubs where the clothes are washed, their reddened faces shiny with sweat even in this weather... Condensation ran down the windows and pooled on the floor. Heavy wooden racks are pulled up and down from the high ceiling and the sheets and clothes are draped over them and hoisted up to the ceiling from where they drip on the unfortunates toiling beneath. No doubt Rosie takes her turn in here. Just to think of it filled my eyes with tears. What a terrible existence.
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"It's January 1871 when Edith, the sheltered daughter of a wealthy widow, pays her first eventful visit to the workhouse for the poor. There she meets Rosie, a rebellious, quick-tempered orphan who is always getting into trouble. Edith soon finds herself drawn into Rosie's wild schemes and both their lives are never the same again..."

""They are not to blame, Edith, and they deserve our compassion. They are not in the workhouse as a punishment. Rather, they are offered sanctuary because they have nowhere else to go."
It's January 1871 when Edith, the sheltered daughter of a wealthy widow, pays her first eventful visit to a workhouse for the poor—a grim and forbidding place. There she meets Rosie, a rebellious, quick-tempered orphan who is always getting into trouble. Soon Edith finds herself drawn into Rosie's wild schemes and both their lives are never the same again...
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Plot[]

Historical Note[]

Characters[]

Main article: List of Victorian Workhouse characters

Author[]

Main article: Pamela Oldfield

Editions[]

Notes[]

  • The portrait on the cover of the first edition is a detail from John Everett Millais' 1857-1858 painting Only A Lock Of Hair.[6] The background is a photograph licensed from the Hulton Archive.[7]
  • Richard Jones illustrated the picture of Edith on the cover of the second edition.
  • The cover of the third edition is a photograph taken by Jeff Cottenden.

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See also[]


My Story
Original

The Hunger | Voyage on the Great Titanic | The Crystal Palace | Blitz | My Tudor Queen | Twentieth-Century Girl
The Great Plague | The '45 Rising | Civil War | Trafalgar | The Trenches | Battle of Britain | Mill Girl | Transported
Armada | Crimea | Bloody Tower | Indian Mutiny | Zulu War | Mayflower | Agincourt | Suffragette | Waterloo | Slave Girl
Flying Ace | Anne Boleyn and Me | D-Day | Victorian Workhouse | Spy Smuggler | Desert Danger | War Nurse
U-Boat Hunter | The Queen's Spies

1st relaunch

Princess of Egypt | Pompeii | Road to War | Roman Invasion | Viking Blood | Highway Girl | Sophie's Secret War
The Storm to Come | The Sweep's Boy | The Fall of the Blade | Pyramid of Secrets | Factory Girl | Dodger!
No Way Back | Wartime Princess | London Stories | Berlin Olympics | Lady Jane Grey | Nowhere to Run

2nd relaunch

Codename Céline

3rd relaunch

Noor-un-Nissa Inayat Khan | Ignatius Sancho | Princess Sophia Duleep Singh | Mary Prince

My Royal Story

Victoria | Anastasia | Cleopatra | Marie Antoinette | Elizabeth | Mary, Queen of Scots | Henry VIII's Wives

My True Story

What If They Find Us? | Hero at Dunkirk | Standing Alone | Give Us the Vote!

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