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Twopence to Cross the Mersey by Helen Forrester
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Nov 21, 08

Read in December, 2002, read count: 2

This is the first book of a quartet. A wonderful book that will leave a lasting memory with you.

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When Helen Forrester's father went backrupt in 1930 she and her six siblings were forced from comfortable middle-class life in southern England to utmost poverty in the Depression-ridden North. Her parents more or less collapsed under the strain, father spending hours in search of non-existant work, or in the dole queue, mother on the verge of a breakdown and striving to find and keep part-time jobs. The running of the household, in slum surroundings and with little food, the care of the younger children, all fell on twelve year old Helen. Unable to attend school, Helen's fear that she was to be trapped forever as drudge and housekeeper caused her to despair at times. But she was determined to have a chance and struggled despite her parents to gain an education.
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