Alice in Worcestershire: Brummie girls do cry by Eskay Teel
Alice in Worcestershire is a memoir about a young girl from the UK who’s a troubled teen or “beyond parental control” as her mother and the authorities categorize her. It’s the 1970s, and around the age of twelve she’s taken from home and sent to a home for troubled teens–not against her will either. Even with six other siblings, she couldn’t wait to get away from her mother because of the extreme hate they have for one another. After being sent away she spends time on the streets among dangerous situations and gets herself into a predicament no thirteen-year-old should ever have to experience.
We started to walk down the steps as two of the men began approaching us and talking about another party. We were both answering, trying to sound cool and light-hearted, saying that no, we were going home. We carried on moving, but by the time we got to the bottom of the steps without running and acting like fools — they each had a hand on our elbows guiding us away across the road.