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My Mam Shirley by Julie Shaw
  

My Mam Shirley

Part of the Tales Of The Notorious Hudson Family Series
Biography / Autobiography   Crime / Mystery   eBook Favourites   

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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

Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family series:
1. Our Vinnie
2. My Uncle Charlie
3. My Mam Shirley
4. Blood Ties
5. Bad Blood
6. Blood Sisters

If you like Julie Shaw you might also like to read books by Martina Cole, Kimberley Chambers and Jessie Keane.

Reader Reviews

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.

  • Cathy Burman - 'This is a true story and it is a powerful, gritty, shocking, heart stopping, emotional, explosive and riveting insight into the lives of these people who have been let down and abandoned by society.' Read full review >
  • Anne Rhodes -'A gripping story where you are rooting for the main characters, whatever they have done, as though they were people you knew personally.' Read full review >
  • Gavin Dimmock - 'I found Vinnie to be a wonderful, dreadful, compelling character and thoroughly enjoyed my time spent with him. Thankfully though, he was safely on the page and not in front of me.' Read full review >
  • Lynette McCann - 'Written like a true crime novel, you have to keep reminding yourself that it's true and it was very hard to put the book down till it reached its conclusion.' Read full review >
  • Angie Rhodes - 'Martina Cole, needs to watch out, there's a new kid on the block. Can't wait for the next book…' Read full review >
  • Pauline Braisher - 'Our Vinnie isn't the type of book I usually read but I was impressed enough to read it in two days and intend to read the other two books in the trilogy.' Read full review >
  • Carol Peace - 'I really enjoyed reading about Vinnie and his family, and the responsibility that Vinnie felt for his family was understandable albeit way over the top.' Read full review >
  • Alan Brown - 'A story of a family trying to cope from the difficult side of life in Bradford in the 1970s. Both parts of this story are mastered in a light manner.' Read full review >
  • Celia Cohen - 'A dark and depressing book but extremely well written...It was so well written I just had to finish it to find out what happened to the characters. It was a true story too.' Read full review >
  • Marjorie Lacy - 'I asked to review this book as I live about an hour's drive from Bradford, thinking it would be a bit of local knowledge and colour. As a quiet and peaceful person, I found the extreme violence shocking reading.' Read full review >
  • Katie Hoare - 'This reads in an interesting and highly readable narrative story and gives an insight to one arm of Yorkshire’s notorious criminal family.' Read full review >
  • Dana Captainino - 'It is difficult to argue that Our Vinnie is an enjoyable read but it is certainly an eye opener into a world unimaginable to most readers.' Read full review >
  • Jennifer Moville - 'An enthralling read of the story of a Bradford boy gone bad - but not sure I would pursue the other books in the series.' Read full review >
  • Judi Davies - 'Not really my taste but a good story based on fact. Lots of bad language but this is obviously a part of real life on the Canterbury Estate in Bradford in the 70s.' Read full review >
  • Beverley Davenport - 'This was a definite page turner, the characters are engaging and the author is able to create sympathy and understanding for even the hardest of criminals.' Read full review >
  • Rachel Bridgeman - 'A quick and undemanding read that takes the aesthetics of Martina Cole's crime empires and moves it to Yorkshire.' Read full review >

Synopsis

My Mam Shirley by Julie Shaw

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.

About the Author

Julie Shaw

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 protect the innocent. Those of you who still live on the Canterbury Estate will appreciate the folklore that we all grew up with: the stories of our predecessors, good and bad, and the names that can still strike fear or respect into our hearts – the stories of the Canterbury Warriors.

Author photo © Scott Hudson

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Book Info

Publication date

4th December 2014

Author

Julie Shaw

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Publisher

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
240 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
Crime / Mystery
eBook Favourites

True stories

ISBN

9780007542284

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