Finchley Church End Library presents: An Evening with Ruth Badley in conversation with Kate Thompson talking about Ruth’s debut book Where are the grown-ups? A tragic and uplifting story about a Jewish family in Stepney in the East End of London. There will be a 45 minute discussion followed by a 15 minute Q and A session, with a prize for the best question.
The impact of a hidden family tragedy ripples across three generations in, Where are the Grown Ups? a true story by Ruth Badley. The book is a frank examination of parent and child relationships, through three generations of the author’s family. Her maternal grandmother, Rose, a cigarette maker from London’s Jewish East End, died following childbirth in 1930 at the age of 25. The author’s mother, Sylvia was subsequently adopted by an aunt and uncle.
The book reflects on the impact of this death through scenes that recall the author’s uncomfortable childhood memories and those that explore Sylvia’s story at an earlier time in East London. A non-linear narrative moves from present day Dubai, to 1960s and 70s North London, and to the Jewish East End between the wars. The story concludes in East London during 2017.
Ruth Badley is from North London and graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama in 1978. She worked in secondary and adult education in the UK and South Australia before pursuing a second career as an arts journalist in North Yorkshire. In 2015 she wrote and directed Just Playing, for Dubai’s Short and Sweet Theatre Festival and began work on a true story, titled, Where are the grown-ups? She has two adult sons and lives in rural Essex with her husband, Tim.
Kate Thompson is an award-winning journalist, ghost-writer and novelist. She worked as Deputy and Acting Editor of IPC’s weekly Pick Me Up magazine. In addition, she also has five years’ experience working on national newspapers, the Daily Express and Daily Mail.
Over the past seven years, she had concentrated on publishing, writing ten fiction and non-fiction titles. Her debut novel, Secrets of the Singer Girls, became a Sunday Times bestseller when it launched in 2015.
Kate’s first non-fiction book which uncovers the lives of extraordinary women of wartime East End, The Stepney Doorstep Society was published by Penguin in August 2018 and reached number one in the history categories on Amazon. She is currently working on two further wartime novels for Hodder and Stoughton, the first of which, Secrets of the Homefront Girls, will be published in August 2019.