First and second parts of Helen Forresters poignant autobiography.
Twopence was the price of the ferry-boat between Liverpool and Birkenhead. A tiny sum but an impassable barrier for the poor of Liverpool - desperate to escape the city's grinding poverty.
When Helen Forrester's father went bankrupt in 1930, she and her six siblings were forced from their comfortable middle-class life into utmost destitution in Depression-ridden Liverpool. The running of the household and the care of her younger siblings all fell to twelve-year old Helen. In slum surroundings and with little food or support from her feckless parents, Helen was forced on her own resources.
Told with compassion, humour and a remarkable lack of self-pity, this is a fascinating picture of life in Britain before the Welfare State and the moving story one young girl's courage.
NB:Liverpool Miss is in the same binding and starts on page 169
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‘It was the biography that I would have written if my parents had not been given benefits, if they’d had to rely on parish hand outs ... [I] want to press this book into your hands and go, “You must read this”.’ Caitlin Moran
‘Remarkable that from so bleak and unloving a background came a writer of such affectionate understanding and unsettling honesty’ Sunday Telegraph
‘What makes this writer’s self-told tale so memorable?... An absolute recall, a genius for the unforgettable detail, the rare chance of subject’
The Good Book Guide
'Should be long and widely read as an extraordinary human story and social document' ObserverBook Description:
The classic true story of a Liverpool childhood.
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Book Description UK General Books. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110007279787
Book Description UK General Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0007279787 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.1011460