Judy Hamilton was born in the Cardiff docklands. Homeless after the death of her grandmother, she finds friendship, work and lodgings with Edyth Slater, above her bakery in Cardiff's colourful Tiger Bay. While attempting to make her way in a vibrant and complex society, Judy dreams of one day becoming a successful singer and actress. Restless and anxious to make his fortune, David Ellis leaves his brothers and sisters behind him on their isolated Breconshire farm. He is ready to embark on a new, more exciting life and is willing to do whatever it takes to find success. The enterprising natives of Tiger Bay manage to make a living from those rich enough to remain unscathed by the depression of the 1930s. Flouting the law, they open illegal casinos and nightclubs to cater for those who can still afford a good time. None are more ruthless than Aled James. With Aled's help, Judy finally breaks into the glittering paste and cardboard world of the city's nightclubs and theatres, but Aled demands a high price for his assistance. David and Judy soon discover that even with a pocketful of money, the life they'd dreamed about may come at too high a price...
- Paperback | 432 pages
- 110 x 176 x 25mm | 235g
- 06 Mar 2008
- Orion Publishing Co
- Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
"* 'This fabulously written novel will keep you engrossed right up until the satisfying ending' B Magazine * 'An enriching, uplifting story of friendship... Another typically gritty and nostalgic saga from the pen of Wales's foremost romantic author' Western Mail Magazine * 'Such an exceptionally absorbing and enjoyable read, this novel deserves a sequel - and soon' Evening Telegraph * 'With the First World War as a backdrop, this is a piece of masterful storytelling' Choice"
About Catrin Collier
Catrin Collier was born and brought up in Pontypridd. She worked in Europe and America before returning to her native Wales. She now lives on the Gower Peninsula near Swansea, with her family.