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Jam and Roses by Mary Gibson
  

Jam and Roses

Part of the The Factory Girls Series
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Three different sisters, a drunken wife-beating father who also beat them when he could catch them and a very tough life in the back streets of London’s East End in the 1920s. The girls certainly had some stories to tell, wonderful. The account of their annual hop-picking excursions into Kent is fascinating too. All in all an excellent, nostalgic period piece.

If you like Mary Gibson you might also like to read books by Elizabeth Waite, Katie Flynn and Margaret Dickinson.

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Synopsis

Jam and Roses by Mary Gibson

Three sisters in 1920s Bermondsey struggle to make ends meet and protect their mother from the violence of their father. Milly, the eldest, works in Southwells jam factory. Elsie dreams of a career on the stage, while little Amy runs wild with her friends on the streets. As summer draws to a close, they join the hop pickers in Kent for a short, blissful respite from a life of work and hardship. All three of the girls fear the terrible, unforgiving temper of their father, the old man, and their courageous attempts to protect their defenceless mother will have dramatic - sometimes disastrous - consequences for them all.

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'Such an impressive, beautiful story. Milly's endless resilience is so inspiring and it's the heart of this amazing story'
Librarian Lavender

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About the Author

Mary Gibson

Mary Gibson was born and brought up in Bermondsey, where both her grandmother and great aunt worked at Pearce Duff's factory.

She is the toast of her classmates at the Adult Education College Bexley's creative writing group after securing a three-book deal with a London publisher.Mary, 59, from Welling, isn't one to blow her own trumpet, but does confess that she hoped this book might finally succeed after failing to find a publisher for her first novel.

(source:www.bexley.gov.uk)

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Book Info

Publication date

15th January 2015

Author

Mary Gibson

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Author's Website

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Publisher

Head of Zeus

Format

Hardback
416 pages

Categories

Family Drama
Historical Fiction
Sagas and Romance
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781781855928

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