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Maureen Lee - Author

About the Author

Maureen Lee's award winning novels have earned her many fans. Her latest novel, The Leaving of Liverpool, was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller. Maureen was born in Bootle, Liverpool and now lives in Colchester, Essex.

 

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Featured books by Maureen Lee

The Seven Streets of Liverpool

The Seven Streets of Liverpool

Author: Maureen Lee Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/12/2014

Eileen is worried about the growing distance between herself and her RAF husband since he was seriously injured. Why does Nick find every excuse to stay in London on his weekends off, not returning to his loving wife and gorgeous little boy in Liverpool? Lena Newton has longed for a baby of her own but, with her husband posted overseas with the Navy, it's looking unlikely. Lena's lonely days are brightened by visits to the cinema with her neighbour, Mr Ransome, until a familiar face returns to Pearl Street...Since she discovered her American lover was already married, Kitty has hidden away, too ashamed to return to Pearl Street in disgrace with her baby. Finally facing her fears - and her old friends and neighbours - Kitty learns that life has one more surprise in store for her. As the final years of the war are played out, Pearl Street sees friendships forged, hearts broken, babies born and the most joyful of reunions. Once again SUNDAY TIMES Top 10 bestseller Maureen Lee brings to life the small Liverpool street where everyone has a key on a string in their letter box, in case a friend is in need...

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The Seven Streets of Liverpool

The Seven Streets of Liverpool

Author: Maureen Lee Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/03/2014

Pearl Street in Liverpool has already seen its share of drama and tragedy in the opening years of the War, but as the residents prepare for Christmas 1942, its spirit and friendship in adversity binds them closely together. Since her RAF husband was seriously injured, Eileen has worried about the growing distance between them. Why does Nick finding every excuse to stay in London on his weekends off, not returning to his loving wife and gorgeous little boy in Liverpool? Lena Newton has longed for a baby of her own but, with her husband posted overseas with the Navy, it's looking unlikely. Lena's lonely days are brightened by visits to the cinema with her neighbour, Mr Ransome, until a familiar face returns to Pearl Street ...Since she discovered her American lover was already married, Kitty has hidden away, too ashamed to return to Pearl Street in disgrace with her baby. Finally facing her fears - and her old friends and neighbours - Kitty learns that life has one more surprise in store for her. As the final years of the war are played out, Pearl Street sees friendships forged, hearts broken, babies born and the most joyful of reunions.

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Flora and Grace

Flora and Grace

Author: Maureen Lee Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/11/2013

1944. It is spring, late morning, when Flora's life changes for ever. She is standing on a platform in the Swiss mountains, watching as a cattle train draws near. From within the wooden trucks she can hear human voices - groaning, pleading and desperate. Horrified, she begins to run alongside the train, frantically trying to help. But as the train picks up speed, a filthy bundle of rags is thrust through the slats and into her arms - 'Take him. His name is Simon.' Flora stands on the platform, a baby boy cradled against her. And although everything looks exactly as it had done moments before, nothing will ever be the same again. SUNDAY TIMES bestseller Maureen Lee has written a powerful, moving story of war, motherhood and love.

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Other books by Maureen Lee

Goodbye Liverpool

Goodbye Liverpool

Author: Maureen Lee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2019

A heartbreaking story of wartime love, loss and courage, from No.1 Sunday Times bestseller and queen of saga, Maureen Lee. Liverpool, 1937. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Jessica endures her husband's petty cruelty for the sake of her two young children. Her only escape is the local cinema, where she can lose herself for an hour or two in the glamour and passion of the silver screen. But when she is offered a glass of champagne in a Liverpool hotel - and with it, the thrill of her own romance - her quiet life is shattered forever. When her husband uncovers the truth, he is ruthless in his revenge. Left without a home, and separated from her beloved children, Jessica is alone and desperate. But as the storms of war begin to gather, there are others in even greater need. Attempting to help a friend and her children escape from France, Jessica finds herself stranded in Paris under German occupation. To care for her new family in this darkest hour, she must find a courage she never knew she possessed... *Previously published as Au Revoir, Liverpool*

Violet's Children

Violet's Children

Author: Maureen Lee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2018

The brand new novel from queen of the saga and No. 1 bestselling author, Maureen Lee.In times of trouble, family is all you need... Liverpool, 1950. They say you can choose your friends, but you can't choose your family. Yet when Violet Duffy is asked to give a home to the orphaned children of a distant relative, it is precisely the choice she must face. Abby and Will have had young lives full of tragedy. Life with Violet offers love and safety. But as they grow up, their past won't let them be. Will they choose Violet, or the lure of bigger cities and new horizons? Private passions, tough choices, lost loves and second chances pull them in different directions, but wherever life takes them, Violet's door is always open - after all, it's love that makes a house a home.

Violet's Children

Violet's Children

Author: Maureen Lee Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 09/08/2018

Beginning in 1950s Liverpool, VIOLET'S CHILDREN is a warm and nostalgicstory of a young woman who must adopt her sister's children after tragedy strikes.

Violet's Children

Violet's Children

Author: Maureen Lee Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/08/2018

Liverpool, 1950. They say you can choose your friends, but you can't choose your family. Yet when Violet Duffy is asked to give a home to the orphaned children of a distant relative, it is precisely the choice she must face. Can she turn her spinster life upside down and take these lost souls into her little house on Amber Street? Abby and Will have had young lives full of tragedy. Life with Violet offers love and safety. But as they grow up, their past won't let them be. Turning into teenagers only makes them more curious to know about life beyond the Liverpool streets they've come to know. Will they choose Violet, or the lure of bigger cities and new horizons? All three of them will need friends at their side as they face up to what they really want. Private passions, tough choices, lost loves and second chances pull them in different directions, but wherever life takes them, the door is always open at Amber Street - after all, it's love that makes a house a home.

Queen of the Mersey

Queen of the Mersey

Author: Maureen Lee Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/02/2018

Mother of Pearl

Mother of Pearl

Author: Maureen Lee Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/01/2018

Liverpool Annie

Liverpool Annie

Author: Maureen Lee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2017

A sweeping Liverpool saga following the fortunes of one woman from the 1940s to the 1990s, by the ever-popular, award-winning author. Annie Harrison has a difficult childhood, and she eventually goes to live in the Grand Hotel with a rich schoolfriend. Marriage follows and when her husband dies, she throws herself into providing for her children. Starting with a market stall, she discovers a talent for designing clothes that develops into a successful business. But there comes a time amid the success when Annie feel she can no longer go on. Then a chance meeting leads to events she has no control over, and at last she finds the happiness that has previously eluded her.

Laceys of Liverpool

Laceys of Liverpool

Author: Maureen Lee Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/03/2017

The House by Princes Park

The House by Princes Park

Author: Maureen Lee Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/12/2016

The Girl From Barefoot House

The Girl From Barefoot House

Author: Maureen Lee Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/11/2016

Martha's Journey

Martha's Journey

Author: Maureen Lee Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/10/2016

The Old House on the Corner

The Old House on the Corner

Author: Maureen Lee Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/10/2016

Nothing Lasts Forever

Nothing Lasts Forever

Author: Maureen Lee Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/09/2016

Lights Out Liverpool

Lights Out Liverpool

Author: Maureen Lee Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/08/2016

Kitty and Her Sisters

Kitty and Her Sisters

Author: Maureen Lee Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/07/2016

Lights Out Liverpool

Lights Out Liverpool

Author: Maureen Lee Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/07/2016

Number One bestseller Maureen Lee's first novel of the hugely popular Pearl Street series. As Britain stands alone against a monstrous enemy, the inhabitants of Pearl Street, in Liverpool, face hardship and heartbreak with courage and humour. The war touches each of them in a different way: for Annie Poulson, a widow, it means never-ending worry when her twin boys are called up and sent to France; Sheila Reilly's husband, Cal, faces the terror of U-Boat attacks; Eileen Costello is liberated from a bitter, loveless marriage when her husband is sent to Egypt and she goes to work in a munitions factory - and falls in love. And Jessica Fleming, down on her luck, is forced to return to the street she'd hoped never to see again.

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