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Mixed Blessings from a Cambridge Union

Elizabeth N Anionwu


It’s 1947 and a clever, sheltered Catholic girl of Liverpool Irish working class heritage is studying Classics at Newnham College, Cambridge. She is the first one in her family to go to university – and then she discovers that she’s pregnant. The father is also a student at Cambridge, studying law. And he is black. The fallout from their affair is dramatic, but despite pressure to give up her baby for adoption, the young woman has other ideas, including having the child grow up in care. Their daughter Elizabeth grows up to be a Professor of Nursing at the University of West London.