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Low life

My deliriously happy primary school days

14 January 2023

9:00 AM

14 January 2023

9:00 AM

I remember my first day at South Benfleet County Primary School with rare clarity. My mother left me at the school gate and I hadn’t been in the playground five minutes when a supervising woman trotted up to me, suspended me in the air by my arm, and slapped my leg, hard.

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