Kay Brellend - Author

About the Author

Kay Brellend, the third of six children, was born in North London but now lives in a Victorian farmhouse in Suffolk. Under a pseudonym she has written sixteen historical novels published in England and North America. This is her first novel set in the twentieth century and was inspired by her grandmother's reminiscences about her early life in Campbell Road, Islington.

Featured books by Kay Brellend

Rosie's War

Rosie's War

Author: Kay Brellend Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/01/2016

As the Nazis strafe the city with V2 bombs, Rosie is determined to keep her head up through the Blitz but when a direct hit to her street cripples her father, it feels like the days have never been darker. With a final burst of resolution, John Gardiner decides to leave London to escape the bombardment and to Rosie's mixed horror and relief, he takes her baby with him. Left alone in the East End, with the spectre of the man who assaulted her rearing his ugly head, Rosie decides to join the London Auxiliary Ambulance Service to keep her busy - and to give her hope in these tough times.

East End Angel

East End Angel

Author: Kay Brellend Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/02/2014

Katherine and Jennifer Finch are like chalk and cheese: Katherine is a midwife, dedicating her life to helping others - and Jennifer is a prostitute. Leaving home age 15, Jennifer must learn to live on her wits in London's notorious East End. Soon, however, she is battling drink and drugs, and is pregnant with a child. Her labour is nearly fatal, but her sister steps in to save the day. Kathy continues to tend to the poor of the East End and help her sister - and she of all people knows that the society that Jennifer keeps is damaging her. Despite her best intentions, however, she begins to fall for an East End wide boy. She knows that he is no good, but her heart will not listen to her head - and what's more, he has promised to change ...

Coronation Day

Coronation Day

Author: Kay Brellend Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/05/2012

The toughest street in London, Campbell Road, is due for demolition. One of the last residents remaining, Matilda Kiever, born and bred on the street, remembers many things about the past, not least what really happened to Christopher Wild's mum, Pamela. Christopher thought she was dead, but it turns out she is very much alive. But before he can get to the bottom of things, trouble starts to brew on Campbell Road when, after months of tension between Stephen's building firm and the local Irish Navvies, his father is injured and the finger of blame is squarely pointed at the Irish. Meanwhile, Coronation Day is just around the corner and the street will be having the biggest party it has ever seen. But Christopher is about to get drawn into one hell of a ding dong -- and Campbell Road is going to have one last knees up that no one will ever forget.

The Street

The Street

Author: Kay Brellend Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/02/2011

Life was tough - but so were they. Alice Keiver is a sensitive girl, growing up in one of the roughest parts of North London. As the daughter of an alcoholic mother, and niece of an abusive uncle, she dreams that one day she and her baby sister will escape their rotten surroundings. Alice's father, Jack Keiver, works day and night to provide for his family. But his hopes for a better life are dashed each time he returns home to find the money-jar raided and his feisty wife Tilly collapsed drunk in the corner. In the room below, Alice's downtrodden Aunt Fran spends most of her days nursing the injuries inflicted on her by her cruel husband Jimmy - but this time he's pushed the family too far and they're not going to let him get away with it. Revenge is going to be sweet.

Other books by Kay Brellend

A Lonely Heart

A Lonely Heart

Author: Kay Brellend Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/11/2018

Growing up in fear of their cruel, drunken father, Olivia Bone and her siblings haven't had an easy start in life. But when Livvie's fiance Joe is killed at Ypres, and he bequeaths her his house in Islington, it seems like the Bone family might finally escape the worst street in North London. Though their new life is anything but settled, at least Livvie has a good friend in Matilda Keiver, and a better one in Lieutenant Lucas Black, her old boss at the Barratt's sweet factory. Lucas and Livvie might be from very different worlds, but he treats her with kindness and respect. As they become closer, she grows determined to assist with the war effort and help the brave men like him. Livvie's life as a factory girl in no way prepares her for the sights she sees on the front line, where she enlists as a nurse - but amongst the violence and heartache, she finds new friends, and new meaning in life. As she falls deeper in love with Lucas, Livvie realises he has secrets that he won't share - and that there can be no future for them without mutual trust. But with the world at war, should Livvie follow her heart, or her head - before it is too late? Perfect for fans of Rosie Goodwin, Maureen Lee and Nadine Dorries.

A Sister's Bond

A Sister's Bond

Author: Kay Brellend Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/05/2018

Wood Green, North London, November 1913: The storm clouds of war gather overhead, while one brave girl fights to save her family . . . After her mother dies, Livvie Bone knows it's down to her to protect her younger siblings from their drunken father. But life on the worst street in London is dark and dangerous, and one night she needs protection herself. When the mysterious Joe Hunter steps in to help her, Livvie's fascinated by him, in spite of his unsavoury reputation. Then Livvie is offered the chance to work at the Barratt's Sweet Factory. Livvie's fragile beauty hides a formidable strength of character, and it doesn't take long for the factory manager, Lucas, to notice her. He is a sophisticated, wealthy man of the world and he can open doors to the kind of life Livvie has only dreamed of. Suddenly she has a chance to better herself - and to help her family. But time is running out, for war is approaching, sweeping everything and everyone up in its remorseless path. What life will Livvie choose - and what kind of world will be left to her when the fighting ends? Based around the WW1 female factory workers at Barratt's Sweet Factory and inspired by true stories from the author's grandmother, A Sister's Bond celebrates the everyday heroism of families who fought to survive against all odds . . .

A Sister's Bond

A Sister's Bond

Author: Kay Brellend Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2017

North London, November 1913. The storm clouds of war gather overhead, while one brave girl fights to save her family . . . After her mother dies, Livvie Bone knows it's down to her to support her family and protect her younger siblings from their drunken father. But life in Wood Green in 1913 is hard and full of danger, and one night she needs protection herself. When the mysterious Joe Hunter steps in to help her, Livvie can't help but be drawn to him in spite of his unsavoury reputation. Then Livvie is offered the chance to work at the Barratt's Sweet Factory. Suddenly she has a chance to better herself - and to offer her family a way out. Livvie's fragile beauty hides a formidable strength of character, and it doesn't take long for the factory manager, Lucas, to notice her. He is a man of the world, a sophisticated, compelling character and he can open doors to the kind of life Livvie has only dreamed of. But time is running out, for war is approaching, sweeping everything and everyone up in its remorseless path. What will Livvie choose - and who will come back to her when the fighting ends?

Rosie's War

Rosie's War

Author: Kay Brellend Format: eBook Release Date: 14/01/2016

A compelling wartime drama from the author of The Street, perfect for fans of Pam Weaver and Kitty Neale.Rosie Gardiner is having a tough war. She's had to leave her job as a nude at the Windmill in Soho after a horrific assault which left her pregnant, and is now living back at home with her recently remarried dad. Despite her best efforts, Rosie and her dad just can't get along and the strain of coping as a young unmarried mother is getting to her.As the Nazis strafe the city with V2 bombs, Rosie is determined to keep her head up through the Blitz but when a direct hit to her street cripples her father, it feels like the days have never been darker. With a final burst of resolution, John Gardiner decides to leave London to escape the bombardment and to Rosie's mixed horror and relief, he takes her baby with him. Left alone in the East End, with the spectre of the man who assaulted her rearing his ugly head, Rosie decides to join the London Auxiliary Ambulance Service to keep her busy - and to give her hope in these tough times.

Rosie's War

Rosie's War

Author: Kay Brellend Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/01/2016

As the Nazis strafe the city with V2 bombs, Rosie is determined to keep her head up through the Blitz but when a direct hit to her street cripples her father, it feels like the days have never been darker. With a final burst of resolution, John Gardiner decides to leave London to escape the bombardment and to Rosie's mixed horror and relief, he takes her baby with him. Left alone in the East End, with the spectre of the man who assaulted her rearing his ugly head, Rosie decides to join the London Auxiliary Ambulance Service to keep her busy - and to give her hope in these tough times.

The Family

The Family

Author: Kay Brellend Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/10/2015

The follow-up novel to the hugely successful debut THE STREET In this dank corner of town, you have to keep your friends close and your enemies closer - even if those enemies are your family. Jimmy Wild saunters around the streets of Campbell Road, and among the people he used to terrorise. Even though the years have passed, he's still a tyrant. The sight of his lanky frame is enough to terrify the inhabitants of this close-knit community, who reside in this villainous corner of London. Jimmy's beautiful step-daughter Faye and his downtrodden wife Edie eek out a meagre existence for their family, having left behind their lives in Kent. What devastating act was so bad that it drove them away from the place they called home to this hovel of a house in Campbell Road? Robert and Steven Wild thought they'd moved on. It was hard enough coming to terms with the death of their mother - and now their abusive father, presumed dead, has returned. One thing you can bet on, Jimmy Wild's not returned to start playing happy families... How can young Faye make a life for herself and carve a future for young siblings? Who is this aged woman that Jimmy Wild has come back to see? And can a romance between Faye and Rob blossom amidst a family at War?

The Windmill Girls

The Windmill Girls

Author: Kay Brellend Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2015

A compelling wartime drama from the author of The Street, perfect for fans of Pam Weaver and Kitty Neale. The Windmill Theatre was one of the most famous clubs of the 20th century. Its heyday was during WWII when it famously `never closed' and it became famous for its `tasteful' nude performances. Dawn is a pretty and feisty blonde. Losing her job as a chambermaid, she goes to work as a dancer at The Windmill Theatre. Despite refusing to appear on stage naked, Dawn is taken on and soon gets a glimpse of London's dark and seductive underbelly. She meets Olive, Renee and Rosie, women all with their own secrets to bear. Each of them will be have to draw on their courage to survive, not just Hitler and his bombs, but by the life they have chosen and the men that they cannot escape...

Windmill Girls

Windmill Girls

Author: Kay Brellend Format: eBook Release Date: 15/01/2015

A compelling wartime drama from the author of The Street, perfect for fans of Pam Weaver and Kitty Neale.The Windmill Theatre was one of the most famous clubs of the 20th century. Its heyday was during WWII when it famously 'never closed' and it became famous for its 'tasteful' nude performances. Dawn is a pretty and feisty blonde. Losing her job as a chambermaid, she goes to work as a dancer at The Windmill Theatre. Despite refusing to appear on stage naked, Dawn is taken on and soon gets a glimpse of London's dark and seductive underbelly. She meets Olive, Renee and Rosie, women all with their own secrets to bear. Each of them will be have to draw on their courage to survive, not just Hitler and his bombs, but by the life they have chosen and the men that they cannot escape...

East End Angel

East End Angel

Author: Kay Brellend Format: eBook Release Date: 20/03/2014

Two sisters living in London's tough East End ... will Jennifer and Kathy be tough enough to survive?Katherine and Jennifer Finch are like chalk and cheese: Katherine is a midwife, dedicating her life to helping others - and Jennifer is a prostitute.Leaving home age 15, Jennifer must learn to live on her wits in London's notorious East End. Soon, however, she is battling drink and drugs, and is pregnant with a child. Her labour is nearly fatal, but her sister steps in to save the day.Kathy continues to tend to the poor of the East End and help her sister - and she of all people knows that the society that Jennifer keeps is damaging her. Despite her best intentions, however, she begins to fall for an East End wide boy. She knows that he is no good, but her heart will not listen to her head - and what's more, he has promised to change for her ...

East End Angel

East End Angel

Author: Kay Brellend Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/02/2014

Katherine and Jennifer Finch are like chalk and cheese: Katherine is a midwife, dedicating her life to helping others - and Jennifer is a prostitute. Leaving home age 15, Jennifer must learn to live on her wits in London's notorious East End. Soon, however, she is battling drink and drugs, and is pregnant with a child. Her labour is nearly fatal, but her sister steps in to save the day. Kathy continues to tend to the poor of the East End and help her sister - and she of all people knows that the society that Jennifer keeps is damaging her. Despite her best intentions, however, she begins to fall for an East End wide boy. She knows that he is no good, but her heart will not listen to her head - and what's more, he has promised to change ...

Campbell Road Girls

Campbell Road Girls

Author: Kay Brellend Format: eBook Release Date: 25/04/2013

Gritty and gripping saga set on one of London's most notorious streets, from the author of The Street and Coronation Day.She's a good girl - in a bad world...Lucy Keiver has come back from service in the country to London's notorious Campbell Road. She's there to care for her mum, the forthright and feisty but much loved Matilda, recovering after a savage attack almost left her for dead.Despite the depression affecting the country, Lucy is lucky to find a job as a Lady's maid. But when she is unfairly dismissed, Lucy is forced to take a job in a rather unsavoury nightclub - something nice girls just don't do. Meanwhile, for the Finch family up the road, their father Eddie's criminal dealings are about to land them all in hot water, especially his attractive daughters, Kathy and Jennifer.When Lucy realizes that there is something rotten going on at the heart of the club, she is soon caught up in London's criminal underbelly. Can she trust the handsome stranger who offers her protection? Because when times are tough, some people will do anything to get by...

The Campbell Road Girls

The Campbell Road Girls

Author: Kay Brellend Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/04/2013

Gritty and gripping saga set on one of London's most notorious streets, from the author of The Street and Coronation Day. She's a good girl - in a bad world... Lucy Keiver has come back from service in the country to London's notorious Campbell Road. She's there to care for her mum, the forthright and feisty Matilda, recovering after a savage attack almost left her for dead. Despite the Great Depression affecting the country, Lucy is lucky to find a job as a Lady's maid. But when she is unfairly dismissed, Lucy is forced to take a job in a seedy nightclub - something nice girls just don't do. Meanwhile, for the Finch family up the road, their father Eddie's criminal dealings are about to land them all in hot water, especially his attractive daughters, Kathy and Jennifer. When Lucy realizes that there is something rotten going on at the heart of the club, she is soon caught up in London's criminal underbelly. Can she trust the handsome stranger who offers her protection? Because when times are tough, some people will do anything to get by...

Kay Brellend 3-Book Collection: The Street, The Family, Coronation Day

Kay Brellend 3-Book Collection: The Street, The Family, Coronation Day

Author: Kay Brellend Format: eBook Release Date: 14/03/2013

Three gritty and compelling family dramas set in one of London's roughest streets. Perfect for fans of Kitty Neale.Times are tough but so are they. The Street introduces the Kievers, a family who aren't afraid to say what they mean and back it up with their fists if they have to. With the country on the brink of war, Alice is desperate to escape from the grim surroundings of Campbell Rd, but her abusive Uncle Jimmy will push the whole Kiever family to their limits.In The Family, Robert and Steven Wild get a shock when the father they thought was dead turns up like the proverbial bad penny. And if there is one thing you can bet on, he hasn't returned to start playing happy families.To complete the set, Coronation Day sees the toughest street in London due for demolition. Can Tilly, the tough, uncompromising head of the Kiever family help heal some of the rifts of the past - or will this be one street party they will remember for all of the wrong reasons?

Coronation Day

Coronation Day

Author: Kay Brellend Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/05/2012

The toughest street in London, Campbell Road, is due for demolition. One of the last residents remaining, Matilda Kiever, born and bred on the street, remembers many things about the past, not least what really happened to Christopher Wild's mum, Pamela. Christopher thought she was dead, but it turns out she is very much alive. But before he can get to the bottom of things, trouble starts to brew on Campbell Road when, after months of tension between Stephen's building firm and the local Irish Navvies, his father is injured and the finger of blame is squarely pointed at the Irish. Meanwhile, Coronation Day is just around the corner and the street will be having the biggest party it has ever seen. But Christopher is about to get drawn into one hell of a ding dong -- and Campbell Road is going to have one last knees up that no one will ever forget.

Coronation Day

Coronation Day

Author: Kay Brellend Format: eBook Release Date: 24/05/2012

A gritty and compelling family drama from the author of The Street. Perfect for fans of Kitty Neale.It's going to be a right old knee's up...The residents of the tough streets around Islington are heartbroken at the death of George the VI but having a young Queen on the throne isn't the only change that they can expect.The toughest street in London, Campbell Road, is due for demolition. One of the last residents remaining, Matilda Kiever, born and bred on the street, remembers many things about the past, not least what really happened to Christopher Wild's mum, Pamela. Christopher thought she was dead, but it turns out she is very much alive.But before he can get to the bottom of things, trouble starts to brew on Campbell Road when, after months of tension between Stephen's building firm and the local Irish Navvies, his father is injured and the finger of blame is squarely pointed at the Irish.Meanwhile, Coronation Day is just around the corner and the street will be having the biggest party it has ever seen. But Christopher is about to get drawn into one hell of a ding dong - and Campbell Road is going to have one last knees up that no one will ever forget.

Family

Family

Author: Kay Brellend Format: eBook Release Date: 05/01/2012

The follow-up novel to the hugely successful debutTHE STREETIn this dank corner of town, you have to keep your friends close and your enemies closer - even if those enemies are your family.Jimmy Wild saunters around the streets of Campbell Road, and among the people he used to terrorise. Even though the years have passed, he's still a tyrant. The sight of his lanky frame is enough to terrify the inhabitants of this close-knit community, who reside in this villainous corner of London.Jimmy's beautiful step-daughter Faye and his downtrodden wife Edie eek out a meagre existence for their family, having left behind their lives in Kent. What devastating act was so bad that it drove them away from the place they called home to this hovel of a house in Campbell Road?Robert and Steven Wild thought they'd moved on. It was hard enough coming to terms with the death of their mother - and now their abusive father, presumed dead, has returned.One thing you can bet on, Jimmy Wild's not returned to start playing happy families...How can young Faye make a life for herself and carve a future for young siblings? Who is this aged woman that Jimmy Wild has come back to see? And can a romance between Faye and Rob blossom amidst a family at War?

The Street

The Street

Author: Kay Brellend Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/02/2011

Life was tough - but so were they. Alice Keiver is a sensitive girl, growing up in one of the roughest parts of North London. As the daughter of an alcoholic mother, and niece of an abusive uncle, she dreams that one day she and her baby sister will escape their rotten surroundings. Alice's father, Jack Keiver, works day and night to provide for his family. But his hopes for a better life are dashed each time he returns home to find the money-jar raided and his feisty wife Tilly collapsed drunk in the corner. In the room below, Alice's downtrodden Aunt Fran spends most of her days nursing the injuries inflicted on her by her cruel husband Jimmy - but this time he's pushed the family too far and they're not going to let him get away with it. Revenge is going to be sweet.

Street

Street

Author: Kay Brellend Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2011

'Campbell Road was home to the most notorious criminals: thieves, prostitutes, fraudsters - every sort of rogue and vagabond drifted through this slum.'Life was tough ... but so were theyAlice Keiver is a sensitive girl, growing up in one of the roughest parts of North London. As the daughter of an alcoholic mother, and niece of an abusive uncle, she dreams that one day she and her baby sister will escape their rotten surroundings.Alice's father, Jack Keiver, works day and night to provide for his family. But his hopes for a better life are dashed each time he returns home to find the money-jar raided and his feisty wife Tilly collapsed drunk in the corner.In the room below, Alice's downtrodden Aunt Fran spends most of her days nursing the injuries inflicted on her by her cruel husband Jimmy - but this time he's pushed the family too far and they're not going to let him get away with it.Revenge is going to be sweet.

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