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World War II may be over but Polly Pride feels as though the fighting has moved to her own home. Her son, Benny, is mixed up with some very shady characters and trying to pull the wool over his mother's eyes about it. Daughter Lucy is carrying on with a fancy man behind her husband's back and leaving her children to run riot. And Charlie, Polly's beloved husband, is battling ill health and doesn't want her interfering.
Polly sees she risks losing all she's worked so hard to achieve, but refuses to go back to Ancoats and a life of grinding poverty. And she won't stand by and watch her family tear itself to pieces.
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'This latest novel by Freda Lightfoot, who lives in Fowey, gives a warm-hearted impression of a close community living on its wits and somehow winning through.' Shirley Salmon, West Briton, Truro (on Manchester Pride)
Polly is made of stern stuff, though, and the tale of her courage and grit against the backdrop of a Northern city in the grip of depression make for a powerful narrative. (Newcastle Evening Chronicle)
[Freda Lightfoot] has an established readership who will be delighted by this latest offering ... deftly chronicled, and likeable (Telegraph & Argus)
Freda Lightfoot's new novel is a tale of a courageous young woman determined to make a better life for herself and her family. (Lancashire Life - Manchester)
A heart wrenching family story that keeps you turning the pages as the drama unfolds. (Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph)
A heart-wrenching tale of postwar Britain. Gripping to the end. (Prizes Galore.com)
A heart-rending story of life at Wars' end. A gripping tale with memories recalled dramatically (Telegraph & Argus)
The writer clearly knows her Manchester well, especially the canals, warehouses, factories and humble shops and dwellings of the poor. Her historical research has been painstaking and the sense of the period is very real' (Historical Novel Society)
the characters are believable and the story compelling, heart wrenching and poignant (Westmoreland Gazette)
The much awaited sequel to Manchester Pride.
A heart wrenching story that keeps you turning the pages as the drama unfolds. Polly is made of stern stuff, full of northern grit and I, for one, was sorry to reach the end of her tale.
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Book Description Hodder & Stoughton, 2000. Paperback. Condition: New. New Ed. Seller Inventory # DADAX0340715359
Book Description Hodder & Stoughton, 2000. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0340715359