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Somewhere Behind the Morning

by Frances McNeil

Historical Fiction

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Two sisters strive to get their heads above the poverty trap that is Leeds during World War 1.  One finds employment with someone in the Suffragette movement whilst the other sells homemade pies to anyone who’ll buy them.  This first novel is both outstanding and powerful, absorbing, well-written and atmospheric of time and place.

Somewhere Behind the Morning Synopsis

In working-class Leeds of 1914, sisters Julia and Margaret Wood are striving to rise above devastating poverty. War seems inevitable and angry feelings about foreigners have reached boiling point; their German-Jewish father's search for work proves to be hopeless.

It is self-educated, entrepreneurial Julia who keeps the family afloat by hawking homemade pies on the streets of Leeds. Her beautiful elder sister, Margaret, an apprentice milliner and new member of the suffragette set, seeks a faster way out of destitution, pinning her hopes to a rich suffragette, Mrs Turner, and her journalist son, Thomas.

But as the Great War rages, Julia discovers for herself the meaning of courage, and looks forward to that new day, that fresh, magical start, somewhere behind the morning.

Somewhere Behind the Morning Press Reviews

'Absorbing, well-written and atmospheric'


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ISBN: 9780752877594
Publication date: 22/02/2006
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780752877594
Publication date: 22nd February 2006
Author: Frances McNeil
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback
Genres: Historical Fiction,

About Frances McNeil

Frances McNeil was born and brought up in Leeds. She worked as a shorthand typist in New York and London, and read English and History at York University. She returned to Leeds to be near her mother Julia, whose stories inspired this novel. She now works as a lecturer, and has also written for radio, theatre and television. 

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