Ellen Tregent was born in 1888 and died a hundred years later. Born into a poor working-class family in Battersea, London, her lifetime encompassed an unprecedented century of social change and world upheaval. Always intrigued by his family history. Martin Knight began to reassemble the events that shaped his grandmother's life, using uncovered papers and conversations with living relatives. In Battersea Girl, Knight charts Ellen's long and eventful life and the lives of her siblings. As they encounter abject poverty, disease, suicide, murder and war, the spirit of these stoical people reveals a determination to make the most of everything - a spirit that shines through this enchanting book.