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The Urchin's Song Has she found the key to happiness?

by Rita Bradshaw

The Urchin's Song Has she found the key to happiness? Synopsis

The approach of the twentieth century means little to Josie Burns and her family; living in Sunderland's slum area, they battle dirt, cold and hunger on a daily basis. Josie's brothers and sisters are terrified of their violent alcoholic father, but Josie is not like the rest, for she has something that will enable her to rise out of the slums: a beautiful singing voice, with which even as a child she earns enough pennies to keep her father happy. When she discovers that her father is trying to put her younger sister, Gertie, on the game, Josie and Gertie flee the family home, taking refuge with a friend. By educating herself and taking singing lessons, Josie starts on the journey to success and security - but can she also find love?

The Urchin's Song Has she found the key to happiness? Press Reviews

All published writers have skill and creativity, but a few have more. It's called magic. I'm beginning to believe Bradshaw has it! * Historical Novels Review * Displaying an uncanny ability to spin a good yarn * Sunderland Echo * What an emotional rollercoaster ride of a book! It grabs your attention from page one and does not let go until the end * Sunderland Echo * If you like gritty, rags-to-riches Northern sagas, you'll enjoy this * Family Circle * Praise for Rita Bradshaw: 'Catherine Cookson fans will enjoy discovering a new author who writes in a similar vein * Home and Family *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780747267089
Publication date: 2nd September 2002
Author: Rita Bradshaw
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing an imprint of Headline Publishing Group
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 512 pages
Categories: Sagas, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Historical fiction,

About Rita Bradshaw

Rita Bradshaw was born in Northamptonshire, where she still lives today with her husband, their children and two dogs. She has written many successful novels under a pseudonym and several delightful sagas under her own name.

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