Lillian Vickers, a pretty working class girl, is sent to work at a young age on a farm in Ludborough, Lincolnshire. It is around the start of the 20th century. In Lillian we follow her story as she negotiates her way through life: marriage, motherhood, the trials of family, and health. Through the eyes of her daughter, Dorothy Blake, we see the vicissitudes of family bonds, both strong and wicked, and how they stretch relationships between illness and healing, from blame to forgiveness. Lillian is a heartfelt story touching on pathos but always drawing back to a hope that is held in continuation and in the future.
Dorothy Blake (nee Metcalf) - was Born on September 3rd 1910 and died on May 5th 1981. Dorothy married in September 1930 to Charles Blake. She lost two children early in her marriage, but had her only daughter Mavis in November 1935. Dorothy became ill in 1936 and was told that she had rheumatoid arthritis and would end up in a wheelchair; she told doctors no, she wouldn't and she kept quite cheerful and determined all her life, although in constant pain. She never gave in to her disease and once able she worked to help Charles provide a home for them all. She loved reading and writing, often writing poetry and she wrote one small story before she wrote Lillian late in her life. She asked her daughter Mavis to type it for her and to try to get it published one day after she had gone. This was her wish, to let her grandchildren know about Lillian. This I have now done for her as she was a very good mother.