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The Liverpool Basque

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  53 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Another moving and heart-warming tale set in Merseyside from the author of Twopence to Cross the Mersey.
Published March 6th 2000 by HarperCollins (first published October 1st 1994)
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Eleanor Blair
Nov 16, 2016 Eleanor Blair rated it liked it
As a teenager I read Twopence to Cross the Mersey and it really stuck with me for a long time, so when I saw this on a shelf of books being sold for charity I thought I could spare a pound. It took me a while to get into it but I found the central part of the story of Manuel growing up in the Liverpool slums quite gripping. The strong character of his mother in particular. As Manuel got older the story started to accelerate and it felt a bit rushed in places but overall it was worth a read. The ...more
Steve Porter
Apr 05, 2013 Steve Porter rated it liked it
This is a novel about Manuel Echaniz, now an old man in Canada, looking back on his life. As the title suggests, he was of Basque stock and brought up in Liverpool.

My main criticism of this book is that although there is likely to be a lot of sadness and death involved in the thoughts of someone so old, the Grim Reaper’s axe seems to be swinging relentlessly throughout. Granted, these immigrants had no easy life but perhaps a bit more humour could have been injected into proceedings by the autho
Oct 06, 2007 Stuart rated it liked it
Never knew that Liverpool was a centre for Basques between the wars. Not as good as her usual Liverpool books.
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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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