'Campbell Road was home to the most notorious criminals: thieves, prostitutes, fraudsters - every sort of rogue and vagabond drifted through this slum.'
Life was tough ... but so were they. Alice Keiver is a sensitive girl, growing up in one of the roughest parts of North London. As the daughter of an alcoholic mother, and niece of an abusive uncle, she dreams that one day she and her baby sister will escape their rotten surroundings.
Alice's father, Jack Keiver, works day and night to provide for his family. But his hopes for a better life are dashed each time he returns home to find the money-jar raided and his feisty wife Tilly collapsed drunk in the corner.
In the room below, Alice's downtrodden Aunt Fran spends most of her days nursing the injuries inflicted on her by her cruel husband Jimmy - but this time he's pushed the family too far and they're not going to let him get away with it.
Revenge is going to be sweet.
©2011 Kay Brelland (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
The author depicts the era brilliantly, with characters that are completely believable. She highlights the problems women had in an age where men ruled the roost but women ultimately had to be the strongest.
The Street is a saga that keeps you listening and not wanting to put it down. When I had finished The Street I could not wait to purchase the follow up The Family. I must also point out that it was narrated superbly by Grace Halliday who got to grips with the characters from the first word. An excellent listen to anyone interested in this era.
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