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Jam and Roses

by Mary Gibson

Part of the The Factory Girls Series

eBooks of the Month Historical Fiction Sagas and Romance

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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

Sarah Broadhurst

Jam and Roses Synopsis

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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ISBN: 9781781855911
Publication date: 21/05/2015
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781781855928
Publication date: 15/01/2015
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781855911
Publication date: 21st May 2015
Author: Mary Gibson
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 448 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Sagas and Romance,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About 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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