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Birmingham Rose

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Life is bleak for Rose Lucas, a spirited, intelligent girl, born into a large family in the slums of pre-war Birmingham. But her friendship with Diana, daughter of a vicar from middle-class Moseley, gives her hope. She learns to aspire to a different kind of existence, vowing never to become a child-bearing drudge like her mother. Life, however, never follows the way of dr ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 486 pages
Published May 7th 2010 by Pan (first published February 24th 1995)
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Catherine
Aug 27, 2012 Catherine rated it liked it
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The cover tells you all - this is romance, sub-genre saga, even though it only covers a single generation. Not my usual sort of thing at all, but the price have to pay for having an office far from the main administration parts of the school is that I can get stuck in the staffroom waiting for someone. It was on one of those occasions that I started to read this and I'm not one to leave a book unfinished so ...

As expected, plucky heroine overcomes a poor childhood and several setbacks to find tr
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Debbie
Jul 20, 2013 Debbie rated it really liked it
I read this on my Kindle, loved it so much I bought the paperback version to send to my Mum.
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easy read, nice story
Carol
Jan 08, 2015 Carol rated it it was amazing
Extremely well written, great characters, true to life, interesting historical references - another great book from Annie Murray
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Feb 11, 2013 Julie rated it liked it
Was okay. The early part of the book was really good with the injustices done to somebody who just want ed to try and get on in the world, but it seemed to peter off after that and became quite predictable and some parts almost 'convenient' for the story to reach its end which again was a predictable 'happy ever after.' A lot of irrelavent stuff as well that wasn't necessary to the plot.
Annette
Jun 13, 2012 Annette rated it really liked it
The story of Rose, her family and the war. A woman and her struggles through the war time.
I read it in 2 days and felt very close and understanding of Rose and all she went through. Heart warming, sad, happy, loss...life
Michelle Sibley
Jan 13, 2013 Michelle Sibley rated it liked it
I never would have picked this book up but it was given to me by a friend and I actually really enjoyed it. a great account of life in the second world war and after in Birmingham.
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Apr 03, 2015 Selina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars. Great story and a great true love between Rose and Paulo ...more
Lisa
May 15, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it
Great book, great storyline and fab.
Lindsay Wilson
Even better in audio :-)
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Annie Murray was a ‘childhood writer.’ Her career was helped a great deal by belonging to Tindal Street Fiction Group in Birmingham and by winning the SHE/Granada TV Short Story Competition in 1991. She has published short stories in a number of anthologies as well as SHE magazine. Her first regional saga, Birmingham Rose appeared in 1995 and reached the Times bestseller list. She has since publis ...more
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