The September Girls

The September Girls

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On a rainy September night in 1920, Brenna Caffrey, her husband and their two young sons arrive at Liverpool docks from Ireland. They have come in search of a better life, but there is no one to meet them, as had been arranged, and they have nowhere to live. Then Brenna, who is expecting her third child, goes into labour. Collapsing on the steps of a grand townhouse, she is taken in by kindly Nancy Gates, housemaid to the wealthy Allardyce family who live there. Upstairs, the unhappily married Eleanor Allardyce is also struggling to give birth. Both women produce daughters that night - Cara and Sybil, the September Girls. Enemies at first, Brenna and Eleanor eventually become friends, but friendship between their daughters is another matter. Nineteen years later, at the start of the Second World War, Cara and Sybil find themselves thrown together in Malta, military key to the Mediterranean. It is a time that has life-changing repercussions for them both, while back home in Liverpool, the bombs pour down on a defiant city.Prize-winning, bestselling novelist Maureen Lee has written an engrossing story of two families - their loves, secrets, betrayals, tragedies and triumphs - and a stirring celebration of the spirit of wartime Liverpool, the city where she was born.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 162 x 241 x 39mm | 765g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • ORION
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 075284752X
  • 9780752847528

About Maureen Lee

Bestselling author Maureen Lee was born in Bootle and lives in Colchester, Essex. As well as her novels, she has had a play professionally staged. Maureen won the 2000 RNA Award for her novel DANCING IN THE DARK.show more

Review quote

'Take two families, their loves, secrets, tragedies and triumphs, add wartime Malta and the defiant spirit of Liverpool as bombs fall, and you have the ingredients of a good dependable saga.' CHOICE 'Maureen Lee is one of those hugely talented authors who writes great women for women readers. Her books don't just have one heroine, they have several. But even by her popular standards, The September Girls is exceptional. ... [a] thumping multi-generational saga' DAILY RECORDshow more

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551 ratings
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4 35% (194)
3 21% (115)
2 5% (26)
1 1% (6)
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