Elizabeth Bertolla was born in London in the nineteen thirties. Frequent periods of evacuation disrupted her early education and she did not pass her 11+ examination. Thus she later became a late entrant to a Girls' Grammar school, having to make up two years work in one term. She was persuaded to read Sociology at I.S.E although her first love had always been languages. She married whilst living in Bristol in 1956, leaving her barely established career in social work to have her first child a year later. Two further children were born and the family moved to Leeds in 1962. Here she spent several years as a volunteer for the Family Planning Association before resuming her social work practice in 1968. Publications include newspaper articles (mainly on family matters), a novel (published in 1969 Femina Press) and a book of memoirs self-published in 2001. She also writes poetry and short stories. Her four grandchildren continue to delight her, encouraging her to enter the 21st century with hope, despite tumultuous world events.
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