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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. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

If you like Mary Gibson you might also like to read books by Elizabeth Waite, Rita Bradshaw and Maureen Lee.

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Jam and Roses by Mary Gibson

Three sisters are growing up in 1920s Bermondsey - the larder of London - with its bustling docks, its spice mill, tannery and factories. Southwells jam factory is where many of the girls work. And Milly Colman knows she's lucky. At Southwells she can have a laugh with her mates. She's quick and strong and never misses a day's work. She needs to be. Because at homes things are very different. The Colman household is ruled by the tyrannical rages of the old man - her father. Often Milly feels she is the only thing protecting her mother and younger sisters from his murderous violence. At least autumn hop-picking in Kent gives all the Colman women a heavenly respite. But it is here, on one golden September night, that Milly makes the mistake of her life and finds her courage and strength tested as never before.

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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

21st May 2015

Author

Mary Gibson

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Author's Website

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Publisher

Head of Zeus

Format

Paperback
448 pages

Categories

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

ISBN

9781781855911

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