Ironmonger's Daughter

Ironmonger's Daughter : An engrossing saga of family feuds, true love and war

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Ironmonger Street in 1920, with its ugly tenement blocks and tumbledown houses, is one of the most unsightly turnings in Bermondsey; its residents are hardened to the grim poverty of their lives. In the slum block, Jubilee Dwellings, two sisters - attractive, fun-loving Kate Morgan and the happily married Helen Bartlett - give birth to daughters. One is illegitimate, her mother refusing to name the father, the other is disabled. Though their mothers can never be close, Connie and Molly grow up together - playing in the gutters, truanting from school, and at fourteen finding jobs despite the recession that ravages the country, Life may be hard, but with all their Cockney humour and courage they enjoy it, too, and wouldn't be parted for the world. Until the day Connie gets a new job at the metal factory, Armitage's, and catches the eye of handsome young Robert Armitage. Despite the differences in their backgrounds, and the antagonism that dogs their two families, they are drawn together and are determined to be married. Until war intervenes ...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 111 x 179 x 34mm | 290g
  • Headline Publishing Group
  • Headline Book Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747233632
  • 9780747233633

About Harry Bowling

Harry Bowling was born in Bermondsey, London, and left school at fourteen to supplement the family income as an office boy in a riverside provisions' merchant. He was called up for National Service in the 1950s. Before becoming a writer, he was variously employed as a lorry driver, milkman, meat cutter, carpenter and decorator, and community worker. He lived with his wife and family, dividing his time between Lancashire and Deptford. We at Headline are sorry to say that THE WHISPERING YEARS was Harry Bowling's last novel, as he very sadly died in February 1999. We worked with him for over ten years, ever since the publication of his first novel, CONNER STREET'S WAR, and we miss him enormously, as do his many, many fans around the world. \n \nThe Harry Bowling Prize was set up in memory of Harry to encourage new, unpublished fiction and is sponsored by Headline. Go to www.harrybowlingprize.net for more information.
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75 ratings
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4 33% (25)
3 9% (7)
2 11% (8)
1 1% (1)
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