Life for East End families like Pat's was always a struggle. She worked for years in Tate & Lyle's sugar factory while her husband Charlie took on two jobs so their growing family could survive. Until one day Charlie came home with a brilliant idea - they should take over The Rising Sun pub in Bromley-by-Bow.
In this charming memoir Pat describes her years as a pub landlady and vividly evokes the East End community she served in the 1960s, the extraordinary characters she encountered and the changes that swept through society at that time. She also reveals why she and Charlie moved to Essex, and what it felt like to become a star of The Only Way is Essex in her seventies.
Patricia Brooker grew up in East London, where she married husband Charlie and had five children. After working in various East End factories, she became landlady of the Rising Sun before moving to Essex and working as a newsagent and then a dinner lady. She was catapulted to fame in ITV's The Only Way is Essex, where as matriarch of the Wright clan she quickly became one of the most popular characters. She has fourteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren.