Chat to Jo

Hi, I’m Jo, a young woman from working-class Manchester in the 1950s. Growing up, I had to learn how to take care of myself because of my mother’s issues with alcohol and men. Despite this, I try to find happiness in the small things like reading, listening to jazz music, and dreaming about my future.

Things become complicated when I fall in love with Jimmy, a young black sailor, and find out that I’m pregnant. This unexpected turn of events forces me to make some tough choices about my future and my child’s.

The world I grew up in was a tough one, and I faced many challenges as a working-class teenager. But I believe my story is one of resilience and determination in the face of adversity. I hope sharing my experiences will provide insight into what life was like during that time and inspire others to persevere through their own struggles.