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Summary

The Pratchett family have to contend with coalman Alfie Pratchett's obsessive jealousy. A bully, his two teenage children, John and Millie, have learned to dodge him and his moods. The main concern of ugly duckling Millie - who looks nothing like her handsome brother John - is to protect their mum, Eileen. 

When crisis strikes the Pratchetts' home, Alfie is forced to watch his whole world gradually collapse around him. Their old life has gone forever, and a new one has begun - one in which rape, debt, alcoholism and insanity play their parts. And redemption is a long time coming.

©2006 Kitty Neale (P)2019 Story Sound

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Great

A great story. I enjoyed listening to this book. Annie Aldington fabulous as always. slightly mared by 'mouth' clicks. by story was fab.

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very heart braking at times, but I loved it , very engaging As always with this Author A*

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Another triumph.

Such a fabulous combination, Kittie and Annie.
The story was incredible, I was completely addicted.

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loved it

I loved this book from start to finish ,I wanted to listern to it all the time .Such a sad life for a young girl ,could feel the hurt for her .one of my best reads and of course read by the brilliant Annie Aldington who brings the story to life .Love loved it