Author(s): Nell Dunn
The girls - Rube, Lily and Sylvie - work at McCrindle's sweet factory during the week and on Saturday they go up the Junction in their clattering stilettos, think about new frocks on H.P., drink tea in the cafe, and talk about their boyfriends. In these uninhibited, spirited vignettes of young women's lives in the shabby parts of South London in the sixties, money is scarce and enjoyment to be grabbed while it can.
Published in 1963 Up the Junction won the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize, was adapted into a film and was the inspiration for the song of the same name
Nell Dunn was born in 1936 and educated at a convent, which she left at the age of fourteen. She shot to fame with POOR COW (1967) and UP THE JUNCTION (1963), both of which became successful films. UP THE JUNCTION won the John Llewellyn Rhys prize.