|Early years in Claudelands : 1920s - 1930s|
First job was working for her brother as he set up his law firm. Then worked for an elderly solicitor for six years; typing, clerical [describes how the office was laid out and shared with Dr. Brewis]. Worked for Mr. Ferguson. Mr. Ferguson retired, decided she would like to do something with books, went to Paul's Book Arcade to inquire about a behind the scenes job, offered an office job. Could not just take the job, had to go through the Manpower man "It was very hard to get out of his clutches", he wanted her to go to the hospital to be secretary to Miss Menzies who was the matron; had nursing and clerical experience. Told to `play dumb'. Ended up going to Paul's.
Paul's was an academic book store, Blackwood Paul took over from father, he was a
lawyer and a literary man [describes at length Blackwood Paul, his bookshop, publishing, and her role in the store].