A highly charged novel exposing the stigma and social consequences of unmarried motherhood in the mid-1960s.
1963, and the party's just beginning.
Marion becomes pregnant during a drunken one night stand with Martin Corrigan. Whilst he goes up to Cambridge to read Medicine, oblivious to his paternity, she is left to deal with her problem.
Marion is too scared to divulge her secret to her divorced parents. Her fiance, Simon is livid and gives her an ultimatum.
What will Marion do now ? Will she be able to persuade Simon to change his mind and help her, or will she have to confess everything to her old-fashioned father? Or will she be forced to find Martin and tell him he’s a father? ….
For Marion, the 1960s were anything but swinging!
Just a One Night Stand is a poignant reminder of a time without social services, benefits, supported housing or liberal views... a time when young unmarried mothers had really tough decisions to make, often with little support but lots of criticism... This is a story told through the contrasting lives of the people affected by Marion's predicament.
You'll be very glad the world's moved on.