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
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?
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
'The characters are engaging, the streets scenes cinematic and the theme of the novel - abuse, both sexual and domestic - powerful'
'A heartbreaking tale.'
The Liverpool Echo
'Believable and touching.'
'Angela's Ashes with a scouse accent.'
'A vigorous and vibrant story ... As fast-paced as it is entertaining. An addictive novel to be devoured in one sitting.'
'I couldn't put it down.'
Publication date: 09/10/2014
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication date: 10/04/2014
Publisher: Head of Zeus
|Publication date:||9th October 2014|
|Publisher:||Head of Zeus|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Sagas and Romance,|
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 ...More About Nadine Dorries