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. ~ Sarah Broadhurst
The poignant and powerful second novel from the bestselling author of Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts. London, 1923. Bermondsey is the larder of London with its bustling docks, spice mill, tannery and factories. Milly Colman knows she's lucky. Working at Southwell's jam factory all week means she can have a pay packet and a laugh with her mates come Saturday. It's a welcome escape from home, where Milly must protect her mother and sisters from her father's violent temper. When autumn comes, hop-picking in Kent gives all the Colman women a longed-for respite. But it is there, on one golden September night, that Milly makes the mistake of her life and finds her courage and strength tested as never before. PRAISE FOR JAM AND ROSES: 'This book is raw and powerful and a fabulous read. This is where girl power came from; women like Milly and her family, girls who did not even have the vote at this time. This book is also a history lesson, telling the story of the general strike' Mrs H, Amazon reviewer. 'Well written, with pace, engaging characters, a good narrative and some suspense. A real authentic tone, too: the central characters reminded me of the formidable spirit of my mother/grandmothers who lived through, and survived, these demanding times' Fredmart, Amazon reviewer. 'A fantastic read! I was hooked from the first paragraph, Mary Gibson is a fabulous and talented writer. A book you can't put down but, yet you want to find out the ending without wanting the book to finish. Well done and thank you. Can't wait to read the next book' Michelle Thompson, Amazon reviewer. 'If you enjoy post war stories of women's hardship, based in london, then this is the book to read. It kept me enthralled from the start. Highly recommended' Shell R, Amazon reviewer. 'So full of emotion and tragedies, but also humour, happiness, love and hate' Patsy, Amazon reviewer.
|Publication date:||3rd May 2018|
|Publisher:||Head of Zeus|
|Primary Genre||Family Drama|
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)More About Mary Gibson