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Three Women of Liverpool

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  193 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Liverpool, May 1941. The worst week of the Blitz. Helen Forrester produces another moving novel set on Merseyside. An extraordinary story of three brave women, each trying in her own way to deal with the brutal tide of destruction brought on by the air raids of the Second World War. There is Ellen - whose home is destroyed by bombs; Gwen, whose family absorbs all her time ...more
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Published July 4th 2011 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1984)
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Josephine
May 11, 2016 Josephine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another truly brilliant book by Helen Forrester. I wish she had written loads more. This is the story of Ellen, Gwen and Emma, whose lives are interwoven by fate and the horror of war. Gwen has her small house proud world ripped apart by the bombs that drop around her precious home. She has to learn that there is more to life than her possessions (even though they were hard come by).
Emma has given up her own life to care for her parents but then finds herself homeless and without a purpose in li
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Simone Perren
Sep 15, 2016 Simone Perren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When my Nan gave me this book, I knew I really wanted to read it. I am a big lover of all books based around the Second World War and I also adore Helen Forrester and her fantastically, gripping writing. I was not disappointed. This book was captivating, enthralling and I felt as if I was in amongst all the action, feeling the fear of the families sat in bomb shelters waiting for it all to be over. Not only does Forrester make the reader feel included in the action but there are multiple lessons ...more
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
This one was a Kindle Daily Deal as well, and to be honest I kind of wish I hadn't bothered. I feel really gloomy writing this, because when a book leaves me feeling meh it's such a shame.

Three Women of Liverpool is set in Liverpool during the Blitz in 1941. When you hear about the Blitz, you automatically think of London, but other cities were really badly bombed too. Seriously, Google some images of the Liverpool Blitz. The seven-night bombardment decimated the whole Merseyside area. The book
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Ria
Apr 15, 2015 Ria rated it it was amazing
A great wartime saga centering on three women and their lives as they battle through the Blitz in Liverpool.
There is Emmie, recently an orphan after many years caring for her elderly and sick parent and who moves in with her brother and sister in law until she marries her fiance Robert.
Ellen is the matriarch of an Irish family with a brood of rag tag kids around her heels every minute of the day.
Gwen Emmie's cantankerous sister in law is a houseproud wife and mother who is fighting a losing batt
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Val
Oct 01, 2015 Val rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liverpool was an important port for transatlantic convoys during WWII and was bombed several times. The week long raid in May 1941 was the most devastating. This book is set during that week and the author shows how people lived through it. The devastation of the city setting and the effect on its inhabitants is very well described.
I thought the characters tended towards the worst of stereotypes: the protestant family with a dull father, uptight house-proud mother, one overprotected daughter and
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Hilary Tesh
Jan 11, 2015 Hilary Tesh rated it liked it
The author draws on her own experiences in a harrowing account of life during the Liverpool Blitz in May 1941, shown through the experiences of the three women of the title and those around them, all struggling to cope with the terrible fear, bewilderment and sheer devastation caused by the nightly attacks. When Emmie and Dickie are buried alive, their frightened claustrophobia is vividly portrayed and scarily realistic, whilst you realise with horror that the raw meat smell on Conor’s clothes ...more
Carol
Jul 08, 2015 Carol rated it it was amazing
Set in Liverpool, May 1941 during a week of air raids, this book explores human interaction during the horrors of war. The book reminds us of how fortunate we are to be living in time of relative peace and prosperity. Well written and worthwhile.
Tricia
Jun 19, 2011 Tricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: liverpool
good read really enjoyed
gives you a real insight to how people lived during WW11 in liverpool,
Maude
"This is the story of three women whose lives were changed when they went through the London Blitz."

"Ellen and her family had already been bombed out and felt they were unlikely to suffer a second time. Gwen was busy housekeeping for her family. Emmie had just become engaged to a merchant seaman and thought only of the dangers of the Battle of the Atlantic. They had no idea what the air raid siren on May 1st 1941 would mean to them".

This was a gripping story to me as the bombs that reined down o
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Clare O'Beara
Oct 05, 2014 Clare O'Beara rated it it was amazing
Three Women of Liverpool focuses on a few people amid a WWII week-long bombing nightmare as the Luftwaffe tried to destroy the port town of Liverpool completely, to stop shipping and reinforcements from using it. These are hardy lasses and the city is being destroyed around and over them night after night. One girl works in a sailors' canteen and her fiance has signed aboard a ship in harbour which is packed full of explosives. Another girl is a fussy houseproud mother and suddenly gets a whole, ...more
Jean
Nov 09, 2013 Jean rated it liked it
While I think Helen Forrester captured the atmosphere of life in Liverpool in the early forties, the horror of the Liverpool blitz and the hardships of those families who suffered, I found some parts of the book too harrowing to read. The idea of the two characters lying trapped in a small space under the rubble for days on end was too much for me. I'm afraid I had to skip pages of these scenes in order to find out whether or not they were rescued or died horrible deaths.

Helen Forrester is a goo
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Barbra
Nov 24, 2008 Barbra rated it really liked it
Wonderful book - couldn't put it down.

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Liverpool, May 1941. The worst week of the Blitz. An extraordinary story of three brave women, each trying in her own way to deal with the brutal tide of destruction bought on by the air raids of the Second World War. There is Ellen - whose home is destroyed by bombs; Gwen, whose family absorbs all her time and energy; and Emmie, whose only fears are for the safety of her merchant seaman fiance, far away in the South Atlantic. None of them a
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Grace
Aug 08, 2014 Grace rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books-read
This is a good book by Helen Forrester which is about the bombardment of Liverpool by the Germans during the war and the effects on 3 women and their immediate families. The story takes place over a few days and shows how these woman cope with the situation and how it effects their futures.
Soulmuser
Jun 13, 2014 Soulmuser rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
A fast-moving plot, lots of war action, but none of this can rescue a thin plot that doesn't offer any sustenance to the reader who reads to the end.
Kellie
Jun 03, 2011 Kellie rated it really liked it
Intertwining stories of three women living in Liverpool during the World War II bombings of England by the Germans. Helen Forrester is an excellent writer who keeps you entranced.
Amy
Sep 07, 2016 Amy rated it it was amazing
The May Blitz. Horrifying and written so well. Hard to imagine living that life and that it wasn't even so long ago.
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Helen Forrester (real name June Bhatia) (born 1919, Hoylake, Cheshire (now in Merseyside)) is an English-born author famous for her books about her early childhood in Liverpool during the Great Depression as well as several works of fiction.

In 1953 Forrester moved to Edmonton, Canada.
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