Twopence To Cross The Mersey by Helen ForresterTwopence To Cross The Mersey by Helen Forrester

Twopence To Cross The Mersey

byHelen Forrester

Paperback | January 17, 2017

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This major best-selling memoir of a poverty-stricken childhood in Liverpool is one of the most harrowing but uplifting books you will ever read.When Helen Forrester's father went bankrupt in 1930 she and her six siblings were forced into utmost poverty and slum surroundings in Depression-ridden Liverpool. The running of the household and the care of the younger children all fell on twelve-year-old Helen. With very little food or help from her feckless parents, Helen led a life of unrelenting drudgery and hardship.Writing about her experiences later in life, Helen Forrester shed light on an almost forgotten part of life in Britain. Written with good humour and a lack of self-pity, Forrester's memoir of these grim days is as heart-warming as it is shocking.
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 many decades, she made her home with her husband and son in Alberta, Canada. Helen died in 2011 aged 92.
Title:Twopence To Cross The MerseyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pagesPublished:January 17, 2017Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0008180962

ISBN - 13:9780008180966

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very enjoyable How lucky am i to have been born in the early 50's this book is sad with life experiance which is laid before us by this author an eye opening read
Date published: 2015-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Twopence to Cross the Mersey An insite of bygone days. This is one of those books that you don't want to put down. Well written so you are immersed in the hardship hand in hand with the main character. Well worth a read.
Date published: 2014-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Twopence to cross the mersey A good read . Captures the essence of Liverpool and the shame of real poverty . I will read the next one .
Date published: 2014-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Engrossing read All I can say is that I was that engrossed I read it in three days. What a well written book and something to make you realize how fortunate we are to live in these times
Date published: 2013-12-05

Editorial Reviews

'It was the biography that I would have written if my parents had not been given benefits, if they'd had to rely on parish hand outs . [I] want to press this book into your hands and go, "You must read this".' Caitlin Moran'Remarkable that from so bleak and unloving a background came a writer of such affectionate understanding and unsettling honesty' Sunday Telegraph'What makes this writer's self-told tale so memorable?. An absolute recall, a genius for the unforgettable detail, the rare chance of subject'The Good Book Guide'Should be long and widely read as an extraordinary human story and social document' Observer