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War Babies by Annie Murray
  

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Childhood urchins Danny and Rachel turn into sweethearts and an early pregnancy ensues resulting in a daughter they both adore. All is good but along comes World War II. Danny is posted to India, ending up in a Burmese PO camp. He left Rachel pregnant again and sadly a crippled mute boy is born. Now life is really tough for Rachel. Four years later Danny comes home a changed and sick man. This is a dramatic tale of how war effects all in different ways. It is very good.

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War Babies by Annie Murray

Rachel Booker has a difficult start in life. When her father dies, deep in gambling debt, her mother must harden herself to make ends meet, but becomes so hard she has little room left for affection or warmth. Mother and daughter work at the open market in Birmingham, selling second-hand clothes or whatever they can find just to put a little food on the table. But the market has a silver lining: it's there that Rachel makes her first childhood friend, Danny. As they grow older, the friendship grows into something more and their innocent romance gives Rachel the care and comfort she's always craved. But at just sixteen, as World War II breaks out, Rachel falls pregnant. They marry in haste but it isn't long before Danny is called up. Left on the homefront with a new baby and little else, Rachel must scrape by with the other residents of Sparkbrook. But if Danny ever makes it home, will he be the same boy she loved so fiercely? And if Rachel can sustain the family until then, will she end up as hard-hearted as her own mother? War Babies is a moving and insightful novel about hardships on the homefront and how the war changed everybody it touched...

Reviews

Chocolate Girls - This epic saga will have you gripped from start to finish Birmingham Evening Mail Birmingham Rose - An exceptional first novel Chronicle Birmingham Friends - A meaty family saga with just the right mix of mystery and nostalgia Parents
Magazine Birmingham Blitz

'Chocolate Girls - This epic saga will have you gripped from start to finish' Birmingham Evening Mail

'A tale of passion and empathy which will keep you hooked' Woman's Own

'The Narrowboat Girl - Classy historical fiction - heartwarming and full of adventure' Newswatch UK

About the Author

Annie Murray

Annie Murray graduated from Oxford in 1983. She has worked as a journalist and a nurse, has had short stories published in several magazines, and won the She/Granada Television Short Story Competition in 1991. She now lives in Reading with her husband and four children, Brummies all.

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Book Info

Publication date

26th February 2015

Author

Annie Murray

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Author's Website

www.anniemurray.co.uk/

Publisher

Macmillan an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Hardback
480 pages

Categories

Sagas and Romance
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781447234012

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