The Four Streets

by Nadine Dorries

Part of the The Four Streets Trilogy Series

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LoveReading View on The Four Streets

One of our Books of the Year 2014.

An appealingly poignant story of family and lost innocence, simply yet artfully told. The opening chapter is unpretentiously descriptive, yet in a few paragraphs the author paints the four streets and its inhabitants so that they resonate vibrantly in your mind.  The characters are so colourful and very real, you believe in their support, their sadness, their joy, their shame, their love. From the energetic tots through to the worldly wise Grandmother, you feel these people are known, are cared about, are loved by the author.

Dorries highlights two different families, money poor, support rich; at times slightly disconnected and disjointed, at others a well needed pillar of support and strength in the community. The author handles the unthinkable abhorrence that lurks and skulks through the story with composure and consideration; the tragedy that visits is heart rending and painful to read. One simple question remains, how far would you go to protect those you love? ~ Liz Robinson

Liz Robinson

The Four Streets Synopsis

A heartbreaking family saga set in 1950s Liverpool, the first novel from the stunningly talented Nadine Dorries MP. 1950s Liverpool. In the tight-knit Irish Catholic community of the Four Streets, two girls are growing up. One is motherless - and hated by the cold woman who is determined to take her dead mother's place. Will her adored father wake up to what is happening before it is too late? The other is hiding a dreadful secret which she dare not let slip to anyone, lest it rips the heart out of the community. And yet, how long can she possibly live with it? In the Four Streets there is almost nothing that a cup of tea and a good chat won't sort out. Laughing, grieving, hoping for better things. But what can they do when a betrayal at the very heart of their world comes to light?

The Four Streets Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Anne Marigold - 'Wonderful. It has a little of everything – love, hate, births, deaths, marriages, fun, laughter, sadness and misery. I found it uplifting.  Anyone who enjoys Call the Midwife will love this book.' Read full review >
  • Dorothy Calderwood - 'I found The Four Streets heartrending and devastating at times, but humour and human goodness shine through...I look forward to reading the remaining books.' Read full review >
  • Vanessa Wild - 'A well written and absorbing family drama with a great sense of community...A realistic and stirring tale which I very much enjoyed.' Read full review >
  • Barbara Goldie - 'A cup of tea, box of tissues andThe Four Streets, perfect! A book to make you smile, shed a tear or two and remember.' Read full review >
  • Debbie Wood - 'Large families living in poverty and community spirit all woven together into one book, tells a story of love, kindness and struggles with day to day life.' Read full review >
  • Lynda DeFreitas - '1950's Liverpool where poverty and hardship go hand in hand with community values and big personalities...This would be an ideal choice to take on holiday as it is such an easy read.' Read full review >
  • Alex Hetherington - 'Nadine Dorries has written a heartfelt tale in her debut novel.'
  • Susan Wallace - 'I felt that this book lacked depth.  The descriptions of poverty and hardship were minimal and didn’t evoke any empathy with the characters.' Read full review >
  • Mollie Mayson-Simpson - 'this was a great story, competently told, and one I shall recommend to my reading friends: I will also look out for a sequel.' Read full review >
  • Joan Sidwell - 'If you have memories of growing up in the 1950's and 1960's, are from Liverpool...or you just enjoy a good, well written, family saga, then I am sure you will enjoy this book, I certainly did.' Read full review >
  • Sarah Jones - 'It has a lot to offer; larger than life characters, some with hidden secrets, happy and tragic events and a hint of the supernatural...I think this book would appeal to those who have read the Call the Midwife books.' Read full review >
  • Marjorie Lacy - 'The tales of the 'make do and mend' lifestyle of the wives, their one pleasure drinking tea and a gossip...As Nadine's debut novel, overall it is a story worth telling.' Read full review >
  • Kath Thornton - 'I thought I was going to enjoy this book and I certainly wasn't disappointed...You will laugh and cry all the way through the book.' Read full review >
  • Vicki Sharman - 'I thought it was very good and an easy to read book. I giggled a bit and cried a lot...' Read full review >
  • Margaret Madden - 'Although it started off well and thought it was going to be a nice book about a community pulling together, it ended up that there is a dark side to it.  Read full review >

The Four Streets Press Reviews

'The characters are engaging, the streets scenes cinematic and the theme of the novel - abuse, both sexual and domestic - powerful'
The Times

'A heartbreaking tale.'
The Liverpool Echo

'Believable and touching.'
Bedfordshire Today

'Angela's Ashes with a scouse accent.'
Irish Times

'A vigorous and vibrant story ... As fast-paced as it is entertaining. An addictive novel to be devoured in one sitting.'
Sunday Express

'I couldn't put it down.'
Cristina Odone

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781781857595
Publication date: 09/10/2014
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781781857588
Publication date: 10/04/2014
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781857595
Publication date: 9th October 2014
Author: Nadine Dorries
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Sagas and Romance,
Categories: Sagas,

About Nadine Dorries

Nadine Dorries was born and raised on a council estate in Liverpool in the 1950s and 60s, the dawn of the Mersey beat. Her family were part of a close-knit Irish Catholic community, most of whom came to work on the docks of Merseyside from rural Ireland. Nadine trained as a nurse, working in hospitals in Warrington and Liverpool. After qualifying she moved to Zambia for a year and ran a school for local children. On her return to the UK, she founded, ran and sold her own business, Company Kids Ltd, which provided childcare services for working parents. Determined ...

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