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Kitty Neale - Author

About the Author

Kitty Neale was raised in South London and this working-class area became the inspiration for her novels. In the 1980s she moved to Surrey with her husband and two children, but in 1998 there was a catalyst in her life when her son died, aged just 27. After working for 2 years with other bereaved parents in a support group, Kitty took up writing as a form of catharsis, and now lives in Spain with her husband. Lost Angel was a Sunday Times bestseller.

Featured books by Kitty Neale

Outcast Child

Outcast Child

Author: Kitty Neale Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/11/2017

1950s South London. There's heartbreak and tragedy for young Daisy Bacon in working class South London. When her mother Judith is run over and killed outside their house, Daisy retreats into a world of silence. Blaming herself for the accident, the girl is unable to utter a word. The happy family home becomes a prison, with her stepmother Vera as the cruel jailer. It is cousin Lizzie, who will always remain a child, who brings sunshine back to Daisy's life. However, only when Henry Bacon discovers his new wife's shocking secret does Daisy herself find true happiness, and in a way that she could never have anticipated...

Other books by Kitty Neale

A Sister's Sorrow A Powerful, Gritty New Saga from the Sunday Times Bestseller

A Sister's Sorrow A Powerful, Gritty New Saga from the Sunday Times Bestseller

Author: Kitty Neale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/02/2019

It's Sarah and her brother against the world... When Sarah Jepson's mother Annie dies, Sarah is left with her little brother Tommy to care for. Alone in the world, the two of them must make a life for themselves in the wake of the terrible upbringing they have endured. But when Tommy is struck down by illness, Sarah's new life collapses. Lost in grief, she turns to the handsome Roger to save her - only to find that he is not who he seems... Waiting in the wings is George - kind, but brutally scarred, Sarah's never seen him as anything more than a friend. But could all that be about to change? The Sunday Times bestseller is back in a heartbreaking, moving tale of triumph against all the odds.

The Empty Hearth

The Empty Hearth

Author: Kitty Neale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/12/2018

This family saga, packed with dark secrets, from Sunday Times bestseller Kitty Neale, will tug at the heartstrings. Millie Pratchett's life is not an easy one. Her dad, coalman Alfie, is a bully, and his vicious temper dominates their small terraced house in Battersea. His teenage children, handsome John and ugly-duckling Millie, have learnt to dodge his moods but Millie lives in fear for her mother, Eileen. When Alfie's tyranny forces Eileen into an impossible position, a crisis erupts. The Pratchetts' old life collapses around them and a new, darker future looms. But people are not always what they seem; could Millie turn out to be far stronger and more resilient than anyone could have imagined ? Perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries and Katie Flynn, this is an emotional family saga from the Sunday Times bestselling author of A Mother's Sacrifice and A Family Scandal.

A Cuckoo in Candle Lane

A Cuckoo in Candle Lane

Author: Kitty Neale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2018

A Cuckoo in Candle Lane, is Sunday Times bestseller Kitty Neale's first novel, a powerful drama of family life set in post-war London.When Elsie and Bert Jones move with their children, Ann and Arthur, to Candle Lane, a modest street in Battersea, they miss their comfortable house in Wimbledon. But the move is the right thing to do, while Bert starts a new business. They are a warm-hearted family and Elsie soon makes friends with her less fortunate neighbour, Ruth, and her daughter Sally. But before long Elsie realises that all is not well in the house next door... Perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries and Katie Flynn, this is a rags to riches story from the Sunday Times bestselling author of A Mother's Sacrifice and A Family Scandal.

Daughter's Courage: A powerful, gritty new saga from the Sunday Times bestseller

Daughter's Courage: A powerful, gritty new saga from the Sunday Times bestseller

Author: Kitty Neale Format: eBook Release Date: 05/04/2018

Her strength is all she has left...When Dorothy meets Robbie, she falls for him quickly and it's not long before the pair are engaged. But then an unexpected pregnancy puts everything at risk, and Dorothy is left alone - with Robbie nowhere to be seen.Heartbroken, Dorothy picks up the pieces of her life as a working girl in Battersea helping to support her mother and father. But before long, things start to become difficult. Her father's health is worsening, money is tight and worst of all, Robbie hasn't come back for her.Can Dorothy find a way back to happiness in the face of real adversity? Will she have the courage to make it on her own - or is someone else waiting in the wings to save her?Gritty and moving, this is the perfect read for fans of Dilly Court and Maggie Hope.

A Daughter's Courage A Powerful, Gritty New Saga from the Sunday Times Bestseller

A Daughter's Courage A Powerful, Gritty New Saga from the Sunday Times Bestseller

Author: Kitty Neale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/03/2018

Her strength is all she has left... When Dorothy meets Robbie, she falls for him quickly and it's not long before the pair are engaged. But then an unexpected pregnancy puts everything at risk, and Dorothy is left alone - with Robbie nowhere to be seen. Heartbroken, Dorothy picks up the pieces of her life as a working girl in Battersea helping to support her mother and father. But before long, things start to become difficult. Her father's health is worsening, money is tight and worst of all, Robbie hasn't come back for her. Can Dorothy find a way back to happiness in the face of real adversity? Will she have the courage to make it on her own - or is someone else waiting in the wings to save her? Gritty and moving, this is the perfect read for fans of Dilly Court and Maggie Hope.

Outcast Child

Outcast Child

Author: Kitty Neale Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/11/2017

1950s South London. There's heartbreak and tragedy for young Daisy Bacon in working class South London. When her mother Judith is run over and killed outside their house, Daisy retreats into a world of silence. Blaming herself for the accident, the girl is unable to utter a word. The happy family home becomes a prison, with her stepmother Vera as the cruel jailer. It is cousin Lizzie, who will always remain a child, who brings sunshine back to Daisy's life. However, only when Henry Bacon discovers his new wife's shocking secret does Daisy herself find true happiness, and in a way that she could never have anticipated...

A Mother's Sacrifice

A Mother's Sacrifice

Author: Kitty Neale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2017

**A gritty and emotional family drama, from the Sunday Times bestseller. Perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries and Katie Flynn.** BEATEN Glenda Jenkins has been beaten by her husband Harry one too many times - and this time he's put her in a hospital bed. Battered and bruised, Glenda slowly makes her recovery. But she fears what awaits her back at home... BROKEN When Glenda meets kind hospital porter Frank, he offers her a lifeline she can't refuse. The pair decide to run away together, escaping the terror of Harry. But, fearing for her life, Glenda has to make the biggest sacrifice of all and leave her baby, Johnnie, behind. BEREFT Safe on the Kent coast, Glenda finally has the life she dreamed of. But without Johnnie, she's a broken woman. Will she ever see her baby again? And will she ever be able to escape the fearsome shadow of Harry after all?

Abandoned Child

Abandoned Child

Author: Kitty Neale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2017

Kitty Neale is back! Curl up with this heartrending new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of A BROKEN FAMILY and A FATHER'S REVENGE All she wanted was a mother's love ... DESPISED Penny's childhood was spent in the shadows of her mother's business schemes, feeling alone and unimportant. It fell to Lorna, her mother's acquaintance, to take care of the lonely little girl, but the rejection always cut deep. DETERMINED When Penny turns sixteen and tragedy strikes, Lorna's cousin Maureen, a feisty ex-stripper from London, strides into her life. Penny determines to make her own way in the world and, with Maureen, throws herself into a thrilling new life on the grimy streets of Soho. She makes new friends, but can't avoid crossing the paths of some very dangerous men. DANGER In this seedy world of dancing girls and gangsters Penny must grow up quickly, she must be brave, and she's forced to face the truth about some very dark secrets from her past.

A Mother's Sacrifice

A Mother's Sacrifice

Author: Kitty Neale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/02/2017

The most heartbreaking decision a mother could make...the Sunday Times bestseller is back with an emotional story that will tug on the heartstrings. BEATEN Glenda Jenkins has been beaten by her husband Harry one too many times - and this time he's put her in a hospital bed. Battered and bruised, Glenda slowly makes her recovery. But she fears what awaits her back at home... BROKEN When Glenda meets kind hospital porter Frank, he offers her a lifeline she can't refuse. The pair decide to run away together, escaping the terror of Harry. But, fearing for her life, Glenda has to make the biggest sacrifice of all and leave her baby, Johnnie, behind. BEREFT Safe on the Kent coast, Glenda finally has the life she dreamed of. But without Johnnie, she's a broken woman. Will she ever see her baby again? And will she ever be able to escape the fearsome shadow of Harry after all?

Mother's Sacrifice

Mother's Sacrifice

Author: Kitty Neale Format: eBook Release Date: 09/02/2017

**A gritty and emotional family drama, from the Sunday Times bestseller. Perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries and Katie Flynn.**BEATENGlenda Jenkins has been beaten by her husband Harry one too many times - and this time he's put her in a hospital bed. Battered and bruised, Glenda slowly makes her recovery. But she fears what awaits her back at home...BROKENWhen Glenda meets kind hospital porter Frank, he offers her a lifeline she can't refuse. The pair decide to run away together, escaping the terror of Harry. But, fearing for her life, Glenda has to make the biggest sacrifice of all and leave her baby, Johnnie, behind.BEREFTSafe on the Kent coast, Glenda finally has the life she dreamed of. But without Johnnie, she's a broken woman. Will she ever see her baby again? And will she ever be able to escape the fearsome shadow of Harry after all?

A Daughter's Disgrace

A Daughter's Disgrace

Author: Kitty Neale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/04/2015

A heartrending story of family shame from Sunday Times bestseller, Kitty Neale. A gritty London tale, perfect for fans of Katie Flynn, Nadine Dorries and Maureen Lee. 1950s Battersea is no place for a shamed woman... Fractured Alison is the ugly duckling of her family and has always been treated with disdain by her mother. After years of being bullied, she is drawn to the one man who shows her affection. But when he brutally rapes her, leaving her pregnant, she is cast out. Forgotten Shunned by her family, Alison must start to make her own way and plan a life for herself and her unborn child - and for the first time she is master of her own destiny. Forgiven? But when the baby arrives, Alison feels no love for her new son. Terrified that history will repeat itself, can she find a way to love her child? And will she ever find the forgiveness she craves from her family?

Kitty Neale 3 Book Bundle

Kitty Neale 3 Book Bundle

Author: Kitty Neale Format: eBook Release Date: 09/05/2013

Three poignant, gritty novels from best-selling saga author Kitty Neale. Perfect for fans of Call The Midwife and The Village.In A Broken Family when Celia's son Thomas starts seeing Amy, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, she becomes determined to split them up. She needs an ally so she enlists her elder son Jeremy who wants everything that Thomas has. As his obsession becomes deadly Amy must fight to protect her marriage and the life of her child.Pearl, the heroine of Nobody's Girl, will do anything to survive. She's escaped from her cruel orphanage and is determined to start living in the real world. But when she gets tangled up in the murky south London underworld she meets the dangerous Kevin and her life is thrown into jeopardy. Can anyone protect Pearl from Kevin and her own heart?A Father's Revenge is the story of a mother fighting to protect all she holds dear. When Pearl's husband Kevin is released from prison, Pearl knows how dangerous he is and is determined to protect her son from who is father really is. But Kevin won't stop until he gets what he wants and soon Pearl and her son are in deadly danger ...

A Broken Family

A Broken Family

Author: Kitty Neale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/12/2012

A gritty tale of family and a love that holds no bounds, from the best-selling author of Nobody's Girl and A Father's Revenge. Celia Frost has always thought herself a cut above the other residents of Lark Rise in Battersea. When her beloved son, Thomas, starts seeing Amy Miller, a girl from the bottom of the Rise, Celia disapproves, thinking her common. When Celia's husband leaves her and Thomas announces he is to marry Amy, she is more determined than ever to split them up.Celia needs an ally, so she writes to her elder son, Jeremy, asking him to come home. Jeremy's arrival unleashes a tide of jealously and hate. He wants everything that belongs to Thomas - especially Amy. As Jeremy's dangerous obsession for his brother's wife grows, Amy must fight for her marriage, and her baby. The heartbreaking new novel from the bestselling author of A Father's Revenge and Nobody's Girl.

A Father's Revenge

A Father's Revenge

Author: Kitty Neale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/12/2011

A mother must fight to protect all she holds dear... A bad man can never come good... Thirteen years have passed since Kevin Dolby was sent to prison for robbery with violence. In the meantime, his ex wife Pearl Button has divorced him and remarried, determined to protect her son from knowing who his real father is. Then she hears two pieces of terrifying news - Kevin Dolby is up for parole and that her dear friend Bessie is gravely ill. Bessie has taken on Nora Dobbs, a young woman and she asks Pearl to take over her care when dies. Pearl, thinking that Bessie will recover from her illness and live for many more years, agrees, but less than a week later, Bessie passes away. Pearl will now have to take over Nora's care and plans to take her to Winchester. However, when Bessie's will is read, she has left the shop and premises to Pearl, yet with a proviso. Pearl not only has to take over Nora's care, she must do it in Battersea, moving into the shop and premises and living there for the rest of Nora's natural life. Then, and only then, can she sell up. While Pearl is persuaded to move back to Battersea, Kevin is granted parole but desperate for money, approaches his parents. Once he gets what he wants Kevin intends to see his son, and nothing is going to stand in his way.

Forgotten Child

Forgotten Child

Author: Kitty Neale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2011

Will she ever find a home where she can belong? The dramatic novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of LOST ANGEL. ALONE...Jennifer Lavender was a lonely child. She always felt like second best and desperately craved her parents love. ADOPTED...When Jenny learns she was adopted everything falls into place. But her dream of finding her real family can never be fulfilled - her mother died alone giving birth. ABANDONED... Now a grown woman, she attempts to fill her void by marrying Marcos. For a while she feels loved, but when the police show up at their door Jenny realises that her marriage is not what it seemed. Destitute, she is forced to move away and start again. ASTOUNDED... While adjusting to her new life by the sea, Jenny meets a young woman who will change her life forever. Together they search for the truth, but what they discover may be more than they can bear.

Lost & Found

Lost & Found

Author: Kitty Neale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2011

The gritty drama from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Nobody's Girl. Bullied by everyone around her for years, has Mavis Jackson finally found happiness? Or is it a case of going from the frying pan straight into the fire? BULLIED Taunted by everyone around her, including her mother Lily, 15-year-old Mavis Jackson is devastated when her only ally, her father Ron, leaves home to beat his gambling addiction. Forced to walk the streets in search of junk to sell, the future seems bleak. BRIBED Until an unexpected fairy godmother arrives in the form of Edith Pugh. Struck down with a debilitating illness, she needs help around the home. In Mavis, she sees the perfect solution. Especially as she has ulterior motives... BLAMED Meanwhile, Ron has fallen off the wagon and disappeared. Best mate Pete doesn't know where he is and has to break the terrible news. But does he have another reason for his sudden interest in the Jackson family? BETRAYED Back at Edith's, Mavis revels in her new job. But when Edith reveals her true motives for taking Mavis under her wing, she faces a monumental decision, one which could change her life for ever...

Sins of the Father

Sins of the Father

Author: Kitty Neale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2011

Emma Chambers has an way out of the poverty-stricken life she lives - but it might just destroy her to take it... The gritty tale from the bestselling author of NOBODY'S GIRL. DESPERATE... Left to raise eight siblings after her mother's death, 17-year-old Emma Chambers faces a daily battle with hunger and her father's drunken rages. Until she is offered a way out. If she marries landlord Horace Bell - twenty years her senior - Emma can swap abject poverty for comfort. DEGRADED... But Horace soon reveals his true, sadistic colours. Emma is thankful when he eventually abandons her - until she realises she is again penniless and in peril. A chance meeting plants an idea in her mind. All her life, men have taken advantage of her. Now it's time to turn the tables. IN DANGER... Years later, and Emma has built up a successful business on South London's meanest streets. But then tragedy strikes - and it becomes clear that someone has been watching Emma, intent on revenge...

Lost Angel

Lost Angel

Author: Kitty Neale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2011

Hope never dies... The dramatic novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of NOBODY'S GIRL. After losing everything in the Blitz, Hilda Stone and her 14-year-old daughter Ellen are desperate for a miracle. But their world is shattered when a telegram informs them that Doug - their beloved husband and father - has been lost at sea. In the depths of despair, Hilda is one day approached by a strange woman with a message - and both she and Ellen are astounded when the prediction becomes a reality. Years later, the teenaged Ellen makes a shocking mistake - but is rescued by the man who later becomes her husband, and the family finally find peace. But their joy is cut short when Ellen's baby daughter is killed in a tragic accident. Blaming herself for the accident, Ellen remembers the woman's prediction all those years ago and searches desperately for proof of an afterlife. Her search becomes an obsession and she reaches rock bottom - until she is given a sign. But will it provide the answers Ellen so desperately seeks?

Desperate Measures

Desperate Measures

Author: Kitty Neale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2011

Four women seek the ultimate revenge against the men who betrayed them. The gritty drama from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Nobody's Girl. SWINDLED... Val Thorn, Paula Richardson, Cheryl Cutter and Betty Grayson have one thing in common - they have all been betrayed by men. SHAMED... Rape victim Paula has been terrified ever since her brutal attack. High-flyer Val's life has fallen to pieces since she was forced out of her job. Grief-stricken by her grandmother's death, nurse Cheryl was tricked out of her inheritance. Timid housewife Betty sacrificed all for her husband. Now, 20 years later, he's left her and she's destitute. SACRIFICED... Now these four women want revenge. Masterminded by Val, the four women set out to right past wrongs. But will their role of avenging angels take them down a terrible road?

Family Betrayal

Family Betrayal

Author: Kitty Neale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2011

Meet the Drapers - they're as tough as they come ... The gritty drama from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Nobody's Girl. Set on the mean streets of 1960s South London. MENACING... The Drapers rule the streets of South London. Everyone's afraid of them - and that's just how they like it. But when tempers flare and a family feud spirals out of control, tragedy strikes, leaving eldest son Danny in charge. MANIPULATED... But he has shocking plans for the family business and Petula, the baby of the family, becomes the scapegoat for the Draper's dirty dealings. MISSING... Years later, and the once united family has now split up. Petula returns to the place she once called home to face her family as well as her demons, unleashing a terrible secret that could destroy them once and for all...

Nobody's Girl

Nobody's Girl

Author: Kitty Neale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2011

Abandoned and alone, you'll do anything to survive... A gritty saga from the bestselling author Kitty Neale. Abandoned on the cold stone steps of an orphanage, only a few hours old and clutching the object which was to give her name, Pearl Button had a hard start to life. Now 16 years old, she's finally managed to escape the cruel confines of the orphanage, and enter the real world. Finding work at a nearby cafe, Pearl is thrilled to start earning her own money, even if she must contend with sharp-tongued Dolly Dolby. But soon she becomes tangled up in the murky South London underworld in which Dolly's son - the cruel but handsome Kevin - operates. By chance, she sees something she shouldn't, something dangerous, and her life is thrown into jeopardy. Can gentle giant Derek Lewis protect vulnerable Pearl from Kevin - and her own heart? Meanwhile, a local boy is snatched, terrifying this close-knit community, and at the orphanage where Pearl lived out her wretched childhood, the past is coming back to haunt its owner - and the secret she has promised to guard for so many years...

Mother's Ruin

Mother's Ruin

Author: Kitty Neale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/12/2010

You can't choose your family... When Sally and her family have to move back to Candle Lane to look after her grandmother, the cracks in their family soon begin to show. Another compelling family drama from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Lost Angel and Nobody's Girl. CRUEL When her beloved Gran has a stroke, Sally and her family move back home in order to look after her. But Sadie's illness has made the wise woman they once knew bigoted and bad-tempered. Sadie is testing everyone's patience, including Sally's mum Ruth, and her husband Arthur. CALLOUS Their problems are nothing compared with Tommy, the little ruffian next door. With an absentee father and an alcoholic mother, Tommy has a hard life. However, Ruth sees the good in him and takes him under her wing, but his unpredictable and violent mother has other ideas. CRISIS Meanwhile, the stress of living cheek-by-jowl with Sally's family is starting to push Arthur away. As cracks in their marriage begin to appear, both Sally and Arthur must work out where their priorities lie before it's too late... Another compelling family drama from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Lost Angel and Nobody's Girl.

The Empty Hearth

The Empty Hearth

Author: Kitty Neale Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2007

A wonderfully gritty, heart-warming novel in the vein of Maureen Lee from the author of OUTCAST CHILD 'Dad loves Mum - loves her to the point of obsession. He's jealous when she shows us any affection.' Set in Battersea in the Fifties and Sixties, the Pratchett family have to contend with coalman Alfie Pratchett's obsessive jealousy. Although Alfie is 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 a serious crisis occurs at 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? Kitty Neale is a storyteller of rare power, unafraid to uncover the dark secrets that lie behind the well-scrubbed doorsteps of family homes.

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