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Summary

The East End of London, 1930. Work is scarce, food is in short supply and there is political unrest on the streets. But in the face of all this hardship, there's always friendship.  

Becky, Bernie and Rose - three best friends from very different backgrounds - are working hard to establish themselves in prewar Spitalfields. Becky, the daughter of a Jewish tailor, wants to become a nurse, but her father has more traditional plans for her. Aching to leave the East End and travel the world, Bernie feels trapped by her vast family of poor Irish dock workers. And then there is Rose. Tiny and thin, she lives with her drunken mother and a revolving selection of surrogate fathers who exploit and brutalise them both.  

But at least the girls have each other, and as Europe begins to drift towards another war, their friendships become ever more crucial as each one of them fights for their place in an ever-changing, frightening new world. One way or another, love will pull them through....

©2018 Mary Collins (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

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there wasn't.much of a storyline . it could have been elaborated a bit more .was expensive

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Totally unnecessary bad language spoilt the book

I enjoy most books on this subject and am far from being a prude, but the amount of totally unnecessary bad language point the whole thing. Mary Collins is now off my list of favourite authors.

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well worth the time

brilliantly told story and the narrator makes the characters unique and come to life. already ordered the 2nd and 3rd ones in the series

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  • Juls
  • 09-02-19

Fantastic, Couldn't stop listening....

I loved this book...The characters, the story lines, the history....all of it was there. And this was Annie Aldington at her best. She made the book come alive....I highly recommend....!