An engaging and compassionate view into the world of the Hudson women, some of whom are just as infamous as their men. You can actually read the ‘Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family’ in any order, however it feels right that this is the third, as it feels softer, more gentle, perhaps a feel good read in some respects, particularly after the events of the first two books. Love and affection overlays this tale, you can tell the author has a real and intimate connection to Shirley without having to read the family tree. You are also given a different insight into some of the men, viewing them from Shirley’s eyes as she marries into the family. The women who support their Hudson men are tenacious and tough, they have to be, otherwise they’d have been swallowed whole. This is a warm, occasionally spicy and spiky read set in the 40’s and 60’s, life for Shirley isn’t a bed of roses but you know she wouldn’t change it for the world. The first book in the series is 'Our Vinnie' and the second is 'My Uncle Charlie'. ~ Liz Robinson
Behind the notorious Hudson men who dominated the Canterbury Estate for over 30 years were the girls, and my mam Shirley. Whether marrying into or determined to escape from it, the third instalment of this gritty series recounts the incredible stories of the unflinching women behind the legendary Hudson family. The Canterbury Estate in Bradford during the '50s and '60s was a tight-knit community reared on poverty, crime and violence, and at the top of the heap were the infamous Hudson family. But it wasn't just the boys who had a story to tell: from matriarch Annie, who gave birth to 13 children, to daughters Margaret and Eunice, who married up and out, each had a personality as indomitable as the last. Then came Shirley Read, who was just 17 when she fell in love with Keith, one of the Hudson lads. To Shirley, the only child of affluent parents, the poverty of the unruly estate was as exciting as it was mysterious; newspapers for tablecloths, jam jars for cups, and, even by that time, no electricity. But it was a friendship forged with Annie and June, the younger Hudson sisters, that would teach Shirley not only to how to survive, Canterbury-style, but would also give her the strength to overcome an unexpected personal tragedy that would soon become a nightmare for women across the world...Eye-opening and warm, this is the vivid account of the 'Tucker' girls; the resourceful women at the helm of a notorious Bradford family who will never be forgotten.
|Publication date:||4th December 2014|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Primary Genre||Biographies & Autobiographies|
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review the first title in this series, Our Vinnie.
My name is Julie Shaw, and my father, Keith, is the only surviving member of the 13 Hudson siblings, born to Annie and Reggie Hudson on the infamous Canterbury Estate in Bradford. We were and are a very close family, even though there were so many of us, and those of us who are left always will be. I wanted to write these stories as a tribute to my parents and family. The stories are all based on the truth but, as I’m sure you’ll understand, I’ve had to disguise some identities and facts to ...More About Julie Shaw