This major best-selling memoir of a poverty-stricken childhood in Liverpool is one of the most harrowing but uplifting books you will ever hear. When Helen Forrester's father went bankrupt in 1930, she and her six siblings were forced into utmost poverty and slum surroundings in Depression-ridden Liverpool. The running of the household and the care of the younger children all fell on 12-year-old Helen.
With very little food or help from her feckless parents, Helen led a life of unrelenting drudgery and hardship. Writing about her experiences later in life, Helen Forrester shed light on an almost forgotten part of life in Britain. Written with good humour and a lack of self-pity, Forrester's memoir of these grim days is as heart-warming as it is shocking.
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I read this book twenty years ago when studying on a social care course. Second time around it still aroused all the same feelings of sadness, the disbelief of child poverty and how we now are very critical of our educational system and take it for granted.
I found the Liverpool accent of the narrator slightly irritating .
well written and compelling; amazing how the children all survived. makes you want to go to the next book to see what happens next for Helen and her siblings.
Read this book years ago and decided to listen to it, I couldn't get past the first chapter. The narrators accent was appaling . At least get a liverpuddlian to read it not someone who is trying and failing badly to sound like they come from there. Completely spoilt the book.
I'm not sure the performance was right.. the scouse accent was weak and some of the other characters accents were terrible.. at one point sue pollard was voice actually in the story. Quite off putting story was good and gritty
Could not even get passed first 10 minutes as narrator mocking the worst Liverpool accent I have ever heard
I must admit to being an avid listener whilst ironing! The most hideous pursuit on the planet needs some form of counterbalance!
We all know this world existed, I have friends whose parents were raised there in these conditions but the reality is harsh. The author makes a very good attempt to bring this reality to life. Enjoy is almost the wrong word as the scenario of that existance is abhorrent.
"Resilient little girl!"
That baby Edward loved her so unconditionally when no one else could.
When Helen came to the realization that there would be no more upper class living, and that her needs were to be met by herself, in the best way she knew how, as a child with no loving guidance, and with her siblings survival in her own hands-with minimal earnings in which to do it.
I shiver when I think of Helen being so cold, and I ache when I think of her hunger pangs. And my Mommy arms long to hold her and tell her that she matters, and that I know life was difficult but that the feeling of gratitude for all she accomplished and endured, comes to mind with the very thought of the misery of her childhood.Trying to figure out why there are 8 children on the cover. There were 7 siblings.
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