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Twopence to Cross the Mersey

by Helen Forrester - £8.99  HarperCollins Publishers (2016)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780008180966 | ISBN 10: 0008180962

Helen Forrester's poignant story of her poverty-striken childhood in Liverpool during the 1930s has become a bestselling modern classic.

When Helen Forrester's father went bankrupt in 1930, she and her six siblings were forced from comfortable middle-class life in southern England to utmost povery in the Depression-ridden North.

The running of the household, in slum surroundings and with little food, and the care of the younger children all fell on twelve-year-old Helen. She writes about her experiences without self-pity but rather with a rich sense of humour which makes her touching account of these grim days before the Welfare State funny as well as painful.

(Price & availability last checked: September 2017)

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In booklists: Local Lives: Liverpool, Childhood Memoirs, Women in Liverpool, Merseyside and the North West,
In categories: History & Biography, Local Interest, Children & Young People, Feminism & Women,

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