Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts

by Mary Gibson

Part of the The Factory Girls Series

Historical Fiction

Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts Synopsis

Factory girls fight for their loves, lives and rights in World War I Bermondsey. They call them the custard tarts - the girls who work at Pearce Duff's custard powder factory in Bermondsey before the First World War. Conditions are hard but nothing can quench the spirit of humour and friendship - or the rising tide of anger that will finally bring the girls out on strike for a better deal. For one of them, striking spells disaster. Nellie Clark's wages keep her young brothers and sister from starvation, while her father sinks into drunken violence after the death of their mother. While Nellie struggles to keep her family together, two men compete for her love, and over them looms the shadow of the coming war, which will pull London's East End together as never before - even while it tears the world apart.

Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts Press Reviews

'Mary Gibson is going to go a long way... a really good read'
Dee Williams

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ISBN: 9781781855775
Publication date: 02/01/2014
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781855775
Publication date: 2nd January 2014
Author: Mary Gibson
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 416 pages
Genres: Historical Fiction,
Categories: Sagas,

About Mary Gibson

Mary Gibson was born and brought up in Bermondsey, where both her grandmother and great aunt worked at Pearce Duff's factory. She is the toast of her classmates at the Adult Education College Bexley's creative writing group after securing a three-book deal with a London publisher.Mary, 59, from Welling, isn't one to blow her own trumpet, but does confess that she hoped this book might finally succeed after failing to find a publisher for her first novel. (

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