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Description - Twopence to Cross the Mersey / Liverpool Miss by Helen Forrester

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780007279784
ISBN-10: 0007279787
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 27mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: HarperCollins
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: 5-Aug-2010
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Helen Forrester

Helen Forrester was born in Hoylake, Cheshire, the eldest of seven children. For many years, until she married, her home was Liverpool, a city that features prominently in her work. For over thirty years now she has made her home in Alberta, Canada. In 1988 she was awarded an honourary D.Litt. by the University of Liverpool in recognition of her achievements as an author.

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