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Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts by Mary Gibson
  

Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts

Part of the The Factory Girls Series
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A story of real hardship and friendship in East London in the years leading up to World War I, set mostly around a custard powder factory and following the plight of Nellie. It is one of those wonderful tales of grind and hard work where family means everything. Nellie has three jobs so she can keep her young siblings out of the workhouse. There are two young men in her life, we know where her choice should lie but such a period is hard on everyone. Then war breaks out. This is one of the best in this saga area.

If you like Mary Gibson you might also like to read books by Elizabeth Waite, Katie Flynn and Rita Bradshaw.

Synopsis

Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts by Mary Gibson

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.

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

About the Author

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.

(source:www.bexley.gov.uk)

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Book Info

Publication date

2nd January 2014

Author

Mary Gibson

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Author's Website

www.katehordern.co.uk/conte...

Publisher

Head of Zeus

Format

Hardback
416 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
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Sagas

ISBN

9781781855775

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