The Sins of Their Fathers
By (author) Gilda O'Neill
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Sins of Their Fathers by Gilda O'Neill
Book DescriptionThe East End belongs to the O'Donnells. Tough, violent and proud, Gabriel O'Donnell has fought his way up from poor Irish roots to run the gambling, prostitution and protection empire that makes him rich, and that one day his boys, Brendan and Luke, will take over. It's not easy to love a man when violent crime is his career, as Eileen O'Donnell knows, so she's invested everything in her children: icy cool Brendan; Luke, who hates the horror of gang warfare; irrepressible Catherine with her verve for life; and Patricia, married to a man whose brainless viciousness is close to madness. Then Kessler turns up. An enemy from the old days, he's got plans to move in on Gabe O'Donnell's turf. But Gabe swears he will see him burn in hell before that happens, no matter how much blood gets spilt. It's that obsession which leads to a tragedy that changes all their lives...A spellbinding novel of the sixties underworld, full of menace and darkness, The Sins of Their Fathers will grip you to the end as two families are locked in a ruthless struggle of money, love and pride, determined to win no matter what the cost.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099427452
(178mm x 110mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publish Date: 6-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Gilda O'Neill
Secrets of the Heart, Paperback (July 2008)
They believed it would never happen again. They hoped it would be over by Christmas...Britain is at war and the proximity of the docks means that life in and around London's Turnbury Buildings is hard and dangerous. Chances are taken, people have secrets, hearts are broken. And feelings about foreigners are running high.
Rough Justice, Paperback (March 2007)
The Flanagans, the Tanners and the Lovells live in the Turnbury Building. Nell Flanagan is married to Stephen, a brute of a man. Nell hides the abuse she has suffered at his hands from her children. Martin Lovell admires Nell. When he sees Stephen attacking Nell, he can stand back no longer, but his actions have repercussions for all the families.
Lost Voices, Paperback (November 2006)
In the 1940s, nearly a quarter of a million East Londoners decamped annually for the hopfields of Kent. Most of the pickers were women, who would take their children and other dependent relatives to stay in the hoppers' huts on the farms. This book records the memories of some of them, in their own words.
Of Woman Born, Paperback (April 2005)» View all books by Gilda O'Neill
For Lisa O'Donnell, the past is a dangerous place. Born into a world dominated by her father's notorious reputation, even her name marks her out. But Lisa's determined to make a new life for herself and so, adopting a false identity, she takes a respectable job in the city.
UK Kirkus Review » Gilda O'Neill is a woman of multiple abilities, and her various skills as novelist, social commentator and historian dovetail together very satisfyingly to produce a vivid, flint-edged picture of London's East End in the 1960s which leaps off the page with its sardonic dialogue and sharply drawn characters. The O'Donnell family are living the life of Reilly. Their brief includes prostitution, protection rackets and gambling, and their very name inspires respect and fear. But Harold Kessler, long-time nemesis of Gabriel O'Donnell, head of the clan, has decided to bring his family back to the East End, and a bloody confrontation is inevitable. The plotting here is quite as adroit as one could wish, and Gabriel O'Donnell is one of the most powerfully drawn protagonists in the British crime genre for quite some time. But it's the realization of some less-than-admirable characters that is O'Neill's trump card - she allows readers to make their own judgements on the characters and resists any kind of moralising authorial voice. This refusal to judge is initially disconcerting, but treating readers as intelligent people is rarely a bad move, and in the long run her resistance to conventional novelistic ploys pays rich dividends. You won't like many of the people you encounter in this book, but you'll find it very difficult to put it down. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Gilda O'Neill
Gilda O'Neill was born and brought up in the East End. She has written eleven novels and six non-fiction books. She lived in Essex and Shoreditch. Sadly she died on 24 September 2010 after a short illness.
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