Lancing Girls of a Happy World by Adeline Foo
Lancing Girls of a Happy World by Adeline Foo

Lancing Girls of a Happy World

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by Adeline Foo



“Dancing was fun; it didn't seem like a job but a party every day.”

“They practised dancing seriously; it was their life!”

“It is an ugly profession; to prostitute oneself... is a commonly accepted practice.”

Glitz, glamour, and sleaze is what people may remember of the cabaret girls of yesteryear. With curiosity and an open mind, Adeline Foo sets out to uncover the lives of these women and how, even with few dreams and hopes to strive for, these women lived with much heart and courage despite society's disapproving eye. The music of the dance hall may have faded away, but this book carries the echoes of their dance steps, connecting us with a forgotten past that was inspired by faith, hope and charity.

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About the Writer

Adeline Foo has three grandmothers: two maternal grandmothers from China, and her paternal Peranakan mama from Malacca. Between them, these remarkable women bore and raised ten children.

She is herself a mother of three, and an author of fiction books for young readers. With her children in their teens, Adeline figures that now is a good time to return to her first love: history and research.

Lancing Girls of a Happy World is Adeline’s first non-fiction book for adults, which marks a big shift in her writing career. This book draws on the special bond between a woman and a child, as deep-rooted in her as in the “lancing” girls: Adeline’s attention was transfixed when she read about two cabaret girls starting a school for children they could never have as their own.

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ISBN: 978-981-11-5036-4
Published: 2017
Dimension: 130mm x 200mm
Extent: 98
Finish: Paperback