Old Ways, New Days: A Family History of Gypsy Life in South London and Kent
Old Ways, New Days:
A Family History of Gypsy Life in South London and Kent
by Rosie Smith and Lindsey Marsh
Paperback 104 pages with over 100 black and white photographs
ISBN 978 1 903427 45 3
Old Ways, New Days is a book of photographs and reminiscences of Gypsy life in South London, Surrey and Kent by Rosie Smith, who still lives a traditional Gypsy lifestyle, and her second cousin Lindsey Marsh, who has been researching her own Gypsy roots. It is an introduction to the language, working lives, music, poetry and song of Gypsies and a record of the changes that have taken place in their way of life in recent years. With chapters on prize-fighting, cherry picking and hop picking, the book also exposes the hostility that Gypsies have endured at the hands of gavvers and local councils over the years. A remarkable book, a social history and the seldom heard voice of Gypsy life.