Somewhere Behind the Morning
This beguiling first novel is written in the form of a journal telling of a teenage girl's struggle to hold her family together. In working-class Leeds of 1914, sisters Julia and Margaret Wood are striving to rise above devastating poverty. War seems inevitable and angry feelings about foreigners have reached boiling point; their German-Jewish father's search for work proves to be hopeless. It is self-educated, entrepreneurial Julia who keeps the family afloat by hawking homemade pies on the streets of Leeds. Her beautiful elder sister, Margaret, an apprentice milliner and new member of the suffragette set, seeks a faster way out of destitution, pinning her hopes to a rich suffragette, Mrs Turner, and her journalist son, Thomas. But as the Great War rages, Julia discovers for herself the meaning of courage, and looks forward to that new day, that fresh, magical start, somewhere behind the morning.
- Paperback | 352 pages
- 152 x 230 x 32mm | 539.78g
- 01 Feb 2006
- Orion Publishing Co
- Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
About Frances McNeil
Frances McNeil was born and brought up in Leeds. She worked as a shorthand typist in New York and London, and read English and History at York University. She returned to Leeds to be near her mother Julia, whose stories inspired this novel. She now works as a lecturer, and has also written for radio, theatre and television.
'Absorbing, well-written and atmospheric' GLASGOW EVENING TIMES 'a story of courage' CHOICE 'rich in period detail ... a finely observed novel' SAINSBURY'S MAGAZINE 'A fine writer' YORKSHIRE POST