Aged 98-years-old, a west Dorset resident has published her memoir.

Phyllis Bush, who lives in Hooke near Beaminster, signed more than 70 copies of her book, ‘Seven as Good and Nine’ at an official launch recently.

The book launch was held at the home of her son and daughter-in law, Barry and Ros Bush, where she lives.

She chatted with friends and well-wishers keen to get their hands on a copy of her long-awaited account of her 1920s and 30s childhood in London’s East End before she was evacuated to Bridport.

The memoir also recreates what happened in the two preceding generations, with scenes set in both London’s East End, Bridport and West Bay.

The book has been described as “a brightly coloured story, dramatically told and full of remarkable touches - a real social history of a lost world, a lost way of life and lost social attitudes”.

Phyllis describes life in all its details - personal, frank, racy and intimate.

Ros Bush said: “She has always wanted to write her memoirs of a life in London as it is so far away from the life that her husband and sons ever knew.

“She felt that the story would be of interest to others as it is a true story based on memories and everyday experiences.”

The book was published by Creeds of Bridport and also includes several photographs, both personal and general, that bring the past to life.

Copies are available from Andrew Boggis by calling 01308 861176.