Nanny Pat: Queen of the Rising Sun

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Pan Macmillan UK, Apr 1, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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A charming, evocative memoir of her years as an East End landlady, by Nanny Pat from The Only Way is Essex

Life for East End families like Pat's was always a struggle. She worked for years in Tate & Lyle's sugar factory while her husband Charlie took on two jobs so their growing family could survive. Until one day Charlie came home with a brilliant idea - they should take over The Rising Sun pub in Bromley-by-Bow.

In this charming memoir Pat describes her years as a pub landlady and vividly evokes the East End community she served in the 1960s, the extraordinary characters she encountered and the changes that swept through society at that time. She also reveals why she and Charlie moved to Essex, and what it felt like to become a star of The Only Way is Essex in her seventies.

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About the author (2013)

Patricia Brooker grew up in the East End of London before moving to Essex. She was catapulted to fame as matriarch of the Wright clan in ITV1's The Only Way is Essex, where she quickly became one of the most popular characters. She has five children, fourteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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