Anwyn Moyle was born into poverty in 1918 in a Welsh mining village. In order to make a better life for herself she came to London at the age of 16 and worked as a 'skivvy' in a grand house and then as a lady's maid. She had a tempestuous love life and marriage, giving birth during the Blitz. She saw London change out of all recognition during her lifetime. Anwyn kept a diary all her life, chronicling her changing fortunes. She died in 2013.