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Description - The Doorstep Girls by Val Wood

A powerful new novel by the author of Rosa's Island

Ruby and Grace had grown up in the slums of Middle Court, the poorest place in Hull. Friends since early childhood, they had supported each other in bad times and good. Ruby's ma, Bess, addicted to the opium which dulled the pain of her miserable existence, tried hard to be a good mother, but without too much success, while Grace's parents, Bob and Lizzie, looked after the girl as well as their own family as best they could. But the two families were bound together by more than friendship, and secrets from the past threatened to make their hard lives even more difficult.The local cotton mill had provided work for Ruby and Grace since they were nine years old, but with the decline of the industry they, like many others, were cast off. Both girls found themselves the object of attention from the mill owner's sons, but as times grew harder, and money became ever scarcer, Grace became involved in militant campaign against poverty and injustice, while Ruby was tempted into prostitution. Both girls were searching for something which would take them far away from the slums they had always known.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780593050736
ISBN-10: 0593050738
Format: Hardback
(1mm x 1mm x 1mm)
Pages: 544
Imprint: Bantam Press
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 4-Nov-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Val Wood

Valerie Wood was born in Yorkshire, where she still lives. Her first novel, The Hungry Tide, was the first winner of the Catherine Cookson Prize for Fiction. Her last novel, Far From Home, together with her seven other novels, are now available in Corgi paperback. Find out more about Valerie Wood's novels by visiting her website on www.valeriewood.co.uk

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