The Girl in The Kings Arms
The Girl in The Kings Arms by Yvonne Mandeville

The story:

The first problem in Yvonne's life was that she was born a girl - and her misogynist mother had wanted a boy.  Life went downhill from there ....

The story winds through Yvonne's childhood, contrasting the simple pleasures of post war rural life with the darkness of living in her grandfather's pub.

Events, some even life-threatening, are described with absolute honesty, almost total recall, and in some places, even humour, but the darkness is always there.

Escape came at the age of seventeen, but not in the way that Yvonne had hoped for or dreamed about....