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The Baby Box is my true story, kept secret for 50 years.

My mother simply wanted an obediant daughter who would skip the teenage years; jumping from an innocent child to a virgin bride. No matter how I looked at it, my mother and I were at war.

With 12 5* Reviews on Amazon, this book has generated interesting discussions and comments – both from women and men.  Copies are now limited. The book is available from Amazon either as a paperback or as an Ebook.

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Jane Haywward The Baby Box

‘A true story of teenage pregnancy in the mid-sixties, this is a compelling read and I finished it within a few days. It’s beautifully written and paints a vivid picture of teenage life in London. I thoroughly recommen this book.’
SAM DOUNIS, reader

I was awake well past 1am this morning finishing The Baby Box. I want to congratulate you on your book which truly moved me. We worked together in the Unthank Workshop so in a sense I was reading about something monumental that happened to someone I ‘knew’, however briefly. It was beautifully written and painfully honest. I shall be recommending it to anyone who wants to understand how our society has thankfully moved on from some of the less attractive aspects of the 1960’s.   Fellow writer.

‘Unflinchingly honest…an intimate portrait of a mother’s rejection  of her teenage daughter. A story about loss and love, guilt and regret, and the ultimte need for forgiveness.’
KAREN STEVENS, Lecturer in Creative Writing

A fascinating insight into a very different time…when the upwardly mobile cared more about their reputation…than their kith and kin…a heart breaking story but ultimately a life-affirming tale of survival and compassion…  Lyn Fegan  Writer and hotelier.

PS A more recent publication :

Tales of Dusty Death. A collection of short stories for grown-ups.

This photo could illustrate the short story in the collection called The Assumption.

This book cannot be bought as an ebook. Short stories need to be savoured, not rushed through in a railway carriage.

For more details see the Blog Post – A New Publication posted 29/10/2020