|Faizia grew up in Bangladesh, with a childhood she remembered as idyllic. She came to Britain as a young bride and was happily married - until her husband suddenly died, leaving her with five young children. In her life story she describes the devastation she faced, and how she acquired a network of friends and increased confidence through attending English classes; and with this support was able to overcome problems of money, housing and her children's education. Faizia died suddenly in 1997.
Faizia Zaman is the author of Standing on My Own Two Feet - part of the Our Lives series