14/04/2006

Liverpool Miss

This is the second in Helen Forrester's autobiographical series of four books. Not so instantly gripping and shocking as the first, it's nonetheless very well-written and an excellent sequel.

Helen goes through her teenage years in this book, as she starts work for a pittance, struggles to attend evening classes, goes through puberty, and continues to look after her six younger siblings and try to deal with her rather irresponsible and unpredictable parents.

An amazing story, all in all, providing some very interesting social history and beautifully drawn people, in a book that flows so well, it's hard to remember that it's not fiction at all. Could be read alone, but much better as sequel to 'Twopence to Cross the Mersey'.

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