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    • Sisters of Gold

    • By: Annie Murray
    • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
    • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    Sisters Margaret and Annie lost their mother years ago; they long for her every day. Their frightfully protective father keeps the girls close, but he can't protect them forever.... When a scandal rocks the family, the girls are forced to leave their home. The girls flee to Birmingham's jewellery quarter to stay with the one person they can rely on - Uncle Goldsmith. Annie takes up work at a nearby factory, where she learns to forge cutlery, and Margaret is employed as a chain maker.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great listen

    • By Amazon Customer on 17-04-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Silversmith's Daughter

    • By: Annie Murray
    • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
    • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    1915. Margaret and Philip Tallis are happily married, have a thriving business and three children, Daisy, John and Lily. At 20, Daisy is an impassioned, headstrong girl, determined to follow her parents’ footsteps in Birmingham’s jewellery trade. While studying at the college for silversmiths she meets an old rival of her father’s. James Carson is married, but Daisy finds herself dangerously drawn to him.... As war tightens its grip on the country, the Jewellery Quarter is thrown into anguish as the men are forced to decide who will enlist. 

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Doorstep Child

    • By: Annie Murray
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 119
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102

    Evie spent her early years left outside on the step. With a drunk for a father and a neglectful mother, all little Evie has ever craved is a safe home and a normal existence. Her young eyes had seen so much, but this never tainted her spirit. If it wasn't for her best friend, Gary, and a friendly dog called Whisky, Evie might never have made it to her 16th birthday.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Spellbinding - Couldn't Stop Listening!

    • By bodriz on 15-10-17

    Regular price: £23.99

    • War Babies

    • By: Annie Murray
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50

    Rachel Booker has a difficult start in life. When her father dies deep in gambling debt, her mother must harden herself to make ends meet but becomes so hard she has little room left for affection or warmth. Mother and daughter work at the open market in Birmingham, selling second-hand clothes or whatever they can find just to put a little food on the table. But the market has a silver lining: it's there that Rachel makes her first childhood friend, Danny.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Heartwarming

    • By mrs a j harding on 28-11-18

    Regular price: £21.99

    • Water Gypsies

    • By: Annie Murray
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    It is 1942, and after a childhood of suffering in Birmingham, Maryann Bartholomew has built a life of happiness and safety with her husband, Joel, and their children, working the canals on his narrowboat, the Esther Jane. But the backbreaking work and constant childbearing take their toll on Maryann, and the tragic loss of her old friend, Nancy, followed by a further pregnancy lead her to a desperate act which nearly costs her her life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • WOW

    • By Amazon Customer on 24-01-19

    Regular price: £21.99

    • The Chocolate Girls

    • By: Annie Murray
    • Narrated by: Frances Barber
    • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    Three very different women work together at Cadbury's Bournville factory, and their lives become entwined by war and work: and a child called David. Edie, the main character, marries young to escape her unhappy family home. Widowed at 19 and, after losing her child from the marriage, she faces the war grieving and lonely. Then one night during the Blitz, an infant mysteriously abandoned during the bombing is handed into her care.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • LOVED it

    • By Anonymous User on 18-04-19

    Regular price: £9.09

    • Birmingham Rose

    • By: Annie Murray
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    For Rose Lucas, a spirited, intelligent girl born into a large family in the slums of pre-war Birmingham, life is hard. But through her friendship with Diana, daughter of a vicar from middle-class Moseley, she learns to aspire to a different and better existence. But life seldom follows dreams, and after losing a love she has fought hard for, and after travelling in Italy, she returns to Birmingham with her hopes shattered. But Rose's powerful spirit will not be defeated.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Birmingham Rose

    • By helenelakin on 30-03-19

    Regular price: £24.49

    • The Bells of Bournville Green

    • Chocolate Girls, Book 2
    • By: Annie Murray
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    Pretty 17-year-old Greta has never known a stable family life. With no father, and loathing her mother Ruby's latest boyfriend, Greta finds life hard at home and is happiest at work with her friends at the Cadbury factory in Birmingham where she is popular with the boys. Life takes a turn for the worse when her missing vixen of a sister Marleen turns up during the freezing winter of 1962.

    Regular price: £21.99

    • Birmingham Blitz

    • By: Annie Murray
    • Narrated by: Frances Barber
    • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Genie Watkins, a Birmingham kid, dreams of having a proper happy family like her Italian friend, Teresa. But it's August 1939. Genie hasn't reckoned with the outbreak of war, her already rocky family being split up, and the strangely liberating effect it has on her mother. Narrated in the cheeky, courageous voice of Genie, the disasters that follow display her powerful capacity for survival.

    Regular price: £9.09

    • Birmingham Friends

    • By: Annie Murray
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    Anna Craven grew up captivated by stories of her mother's childhood in Birmingham and of Kate's friend, Olivia. Theirs was a magical friendship and Anna always regretted that, with Olivia's tragic death during the war, she would never meet the woman her mother loved so deeply. But when Kate dies, she leaves her daughter one final story: the whole truth of her life with Olivia Kemp. Anna is shocked to discover how little she really knew about the mother with whom she once felt so close.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By Margaret Satchell on 31-05-17

    Regular price: £28.39

    • Where Earth Meets Sky

    • By: Annie Murray
    • Narrated by: Lesley Sharp
    • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      2 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      2 out of 5 stars 1

    Beautiful, dark-haired Lily has been abandoned in a Birmingham slum as a tiny child. With few clues as to her identity she endures a childhood of loneliness and loss. At 18 she applies for a post as nanny with the family of a Captain Fairford, a soldier in Ambala, north India and his highly strung wife Susan. Lily is drawn into the emotional life of the Fairford family and adores her charge, two-year-old Cosmo.

    Regular price: £9.09

    • All the Days of Our Lives

    • By: Annie Murray
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    It is 1946: The war is over and three young women face a new kind of life. But peacetime brings its own pressures.... Katie O'Neill's childhood has been dominated by her temperamental mother and by frightening secrets that she barely understands. Innocent, yet hungry for love, she is easily taken in by male charm and is left outcast and alone with her young son. Emma Brown has spent the war at home in Birmingham, longing for her husband Norm to return and meet the son he has never seen. But she soon finds that the joy of homecoming only brings a whole new set of problems.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable listen

    • By Rachel on 18-04-15

    Regular price: £24.99

    • Family of Women

    • By: Annie Murray
    • Narrated by: Frances Barber
    • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Spanning more than half of the last century, Family of Women is a story of one family - and of the joys, struggles, and changes in women's lives.

    Regular price: £9.09

    • Poppy Day

    • By: Annie Murray
    • Narrated by: Judith Porter
    • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    Jessica Hart's life is changed forever with the death of her mother. Her manipulative new stepmother tries to force her into marrying an older man, and to Jess, a bright, pretty, young girl who dreams of finding true love, the idea of being trapped in a loveless marriage is unthinkable. So she escapes to Birmingham to her Aunt Olive, the last remaining connection to her mother. But Jess' security is threatened when she meets a friend of the family and falls passionately in love.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A good story

    • By Rachel on 22-09-09

    Regular price: £25.89

    • The Narrowboat Girl

    • By: Annie Murray
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47

    Maryann Nelson's widowed mother, Flo, sees the opportunity to better her family by marrying the local undertaker, Norman Griffin. Though on the surface a caring family man, Maryann and her sister, Sal, soon discover that he has another side to him. For Sal, it is too much to bear and she escapes, leaving Maryann to take revenge on Griffin. The chance of a new life opens up when she befriends Joel Batholomew, who works on the canal. Aboard his narrowboat, she finds herself falling in love with her new life.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • very upsetting but excellent writing

    • By Elaine on 17-03-10

    Regular price: £24.49

    • Soldier Girl

    • By: Annie Murray
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 37

    A sequel to The Hopscotch Summer. Molly Fox has grown up in the back streets of Birmingham at the mercy of her cruel grandfather and her drunken mother. Though she has grown into a tall, beautiful woman, Molly is haunted by terrible family secrets. When she is found lying drunk in a gutter, Molly reaches a turning point. She decides to escape by joining the army as an ATS girl.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant - NOT a typical romance book - Recommend

    • By bodriz on 31-01-18

    Regular price: £21.99

    • Meet Me Under the Clock

    • By: Annie Murray
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    1940: As war closes in and the bombs fall, on the Homefront, two sisters must find their place in a new world of ‘men's' work, in which a telegraph can break your heart and nothing in the future is certain. Growing up in Birmingham, Sylvia and Audrey Whitehouse were always like chalk and cheese. As young women, while Sylvia dreams of her forthcoming life married to fiancé Ian. Audrey can't bear the thought of being tied down by marriage and children.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enthralling!

    • By Liz on 01-11-14

    Regular price: £23.99

    • A Hopscotch Summer

    • By: Annie Murray
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50

    Emma Brown is a happy-go-lucky child, content to work hard at school, and to play hopscotch with her friends on the pavement outside her house in the run-down Nechells area of Birmingham. As long as everything is all right at home with her Ma and Pa, her little sister Joyce and brother Sid, then life is good. But after Em's mother, Cynthia, has her baby she just doesn't seem to be able to cope.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • gripping

    • By Rosie on 25-02-19

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Family of Women

    • By: Annie Murray
    • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
    • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    Family of Women is the story of three generations of women. Bessie: scarred by a childhood of poverty in the slums of Victorian Birmingham and left a young widow with four children, is a hard, bullying woman who will go to disturbing lengths to keep her family under her thumb. Violet: one of Bessie's four children, marries young to escape, into the arms of a man whose life will be broken by war. Linda: grows up on a large housing estate in the 1950s with older sister Joyce and her beloved young sister Carol. Intelligent and energetic, she craves education and something more than the life she sees around her.

    Regular price: £23.99

    • My Daughter, My Mother

    • By: Annie Murray
    • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
    • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    In 1984, two young mothers meet at a toddler group in Birmingham. As their friendship grows, they share with each other the difficulties and secrets in their lives: Joanne, a sweet, shy girl, is increasingly afraid of her husband. The lively, promising man she married has become hostile and violent and she is too ashamed to tell anyone. When her mother, Margaret is suddenly rushed into hospital, the bewildered family find that there are things about their mother of which they had no idea.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good Story

    • By Chris on 14-09-17

    Regular price: £24.99

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