A Lesser Evil

by Lesley Pearse

Family Drama Historical Fiction Sagas and Romance

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London gangland terror of the 60s opens the eyes of a middle-class miss who learns some hard lessons. It’s slow to start but once Dan and Fifi get to Kennington the story really heats up and becomes utterly gripping.

 

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A Lesser Evil Synopsis

When Fifi moves to London with her bricklayer boyfriend Dan, her mother is outraged. Despite initial feelings of horror at her new surroundings, Fifi finds the freedom from her middle-class family background exhilarating.

Insatiably inquisitive, Fifi is fascinated by her new neighbours and wants to know what goes on behind all those shabby front doors. Why is Yvette, the French dressmaker, such a hermit? Why doesn't widower Frank join his daughter and grandchildren in Australia? And why doesn't the formidable and well-bred Miss Diamond move somewhere smarter?

But most of all she is ghoulishly fascinated by the Muckles who live opposite in terrible squalor. She listens to their violent quarrels, watches their ill-treated and wretchedly unhappy children, and is appalled by all she sees.

When Fifi tries to help the Muckles' youngest child, who has been physically abused by her father, Fifi unwittingly unleashes a chain of events which will not only bring heartache to her and Dan, but terrible danger to all the inhabitants of Dale Street ...

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ISBN: 9780141046099
Publication date: 19/01/2006
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback (a Format)

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141046099
Publication date: 19th January 2006
Author: Lesley Pearse
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback (a Format)
Pagination: 528 pages
Genres: Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Sagas and Romance,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Lesley Pearse

Lesley Pearse's novels have sold over ten million copies worldwide and include most recently Dead to Me, Without a Trace, Survivor, Forgive Me and The Promise. Her new novel The Woman in the Wood  is a powerful, passionate and sinister tale of a young woman's courage, friendship and determination. Author Photo © Charlotte Murphy

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