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Lily Steps Up is a warm, engaging story of friendship set in the changing world of early 20th-century Ireland, the second in Curtin's best-selling historical series. 

Lissadell House, Sligo, 1913. 

Lily and her friend Nellie are young housemaids in service in the Big House - they work for Lady Mary and Sir Josslyn Gore-Booth at Lissadell. As well as her housework and duties, Lily helps out in the local school of needlework - she hopes it might be a step on the way to her dream of being a teacher. 

Though they work hard, there’s lots of fun to be had at Lissadell - like friendship, fun and madcap bicycle rides with Sir Josslyn’s niece Maeve, daughter of the famous Republican Constance Markievicz. 

Before Nellie came to Lissadell, she had a hard life in the workhouse, where she was separated from her family. So when Lily and Maeve manage to track down Nellie’s long-lost sister, Johanna, and fix it so she comes to Lissadell as Lady Mary’s maid, Nellie is overjoyed. But when a valuable locket goes missing, Johanna is the chief suspect. Should Lily take the blame so that the sisters can stay together?

©2020 Judi Curtin (P)2020 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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"Written with a light touch and shot through with fascinating details about the period.... This warm, touching book about friendship across the class divide truly shines." (Irish Independent)

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