New Habits Paperback

From Sisterhood to Motherhood in the 1960s

by Eleanor Stewart;

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Unique story of a convent girl pitched into the hedonism of the 1960s - a true tale of feminism motherhood and courage

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New Habits by Eleanor Stewart is the story of a tough childhood growing up in 1950s England, living under the strictures of a French convent and dealing with the fall-out the permissive revolution of the 1960s as a midwife.

At the age of eighteen, Eleanor Stewart said goodbye to her everyday life and entered a French Convent, convinced she was being called to a life of Holy Orders. Eight years later, she left the Order and found herself in Liverpool, thrown into the world of the late 1960s, with its free and easy attitude to relationships.

Free from a life of duty and obedience, Eleanor lived life to the full - her job as a midwife, friendships and love affairs. She works hard and plays harder while also coping with her mother's mental illness. After some foolish mistakes, she settles down and marries - but it isn't an instant happy ending. As a midwife, delivering babies every day, Eleanor knew that she was destined to become a mother, so when she discovered that she was unable to have children she was devastated. She and her husband then embarked on the path to adoption, eventually becoming parents to two lovely children, and now grandchildren.

Amid the chaos of life with two young children, Eleanor occasionally thought back to the tranquillity of the convent, and through the sometimes tough teenage years, she says: "I always felt I had the prayers and support of the sisters I'd left, because they really did always keep me and my family in their hearts, and I was grateful for their letters and their guidance and for them just listening to what was going on in my life. I've never regretted the choice I made but I've never forgotten those extraordinary years when I was Sister Eleanor, either."

New Habits by Eleanor Stewart was published by Lion Hudson Plc in February 2015 and is our 19582nd best seller. The ISBN for New Habits is 9780745956688.

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Details for New Habits

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherLion Hudson Plc (February 2015)
Number of Pages224
Thickness18 mm
Height198 mm
Width130 mm
Product Code4310644
Page last updated 1st April 2018
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