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Family of Women

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1950 - "Seven year old Carol Martin lies encased in an iron lung, struck down by the killer disease, polio. Distraught at her side, her mother, Violet, wonders if this is her punishment - for Carol is the love child who should not have been born...."

"Family of Women" is the story of three generations of women:

Bessie: scarred by a childhood of poverty in the slums of Victor
Paperback, 520 pages
Published March 3rd 2006 by Pan Publishing (first published February 28th 2006)
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Apr 06, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it
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This is a family saga about three generations of women set in Birmingham UK during the 1940's - 1960's. It is told from three POV; Bessie (nan), Violet (mum) and Linda (daughter). Each woman has a tale of hardship and joy, love and hate, and family ties.
A frank and plain-spoken tale of hard times told with warmth and feeling.
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Mar 14, 2013 Louise Jennings rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book. Annie Murray has an awesome way of getting you really feeling for the characters in her book and when you have finished you feel you have been on a journey. Anyone who likes the type of writing would absolutely adore this book. And you could read it over and over.
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This is the first Anne Murray book I have read and must say I was totally hooked throughout. I loved the characters, the details and it has made me want to read more novels set in pre war and post war times.
Jun 08, 2015 Ellen rated it it was amazing
What an amazing writer Annie Murray is. I have read a number of her books and have not been disappointed once. This story is part of a saga which en captures the life of many Bessie who has been left a widow and is rearing four children this tells of their struggles, love and hates which all have repercussions on their lives. Don't miss this one.
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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 ...more
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