When My Ship Comes In: A powerful, gripping saga of family, love and hope
If you love Call The Midwife, you won't be able to resist this heartwrenching emotional saga set in 1950s Essex.
Keep the family together, that's what her old mum always said. Put up and shut up. And that's what everyone else did around there.
Essex, 1959. Flo earns her money as a scrubber, cleaning the cruise ships and dreaming of a day when she might sail away from her l...more
In ‘When My Ship Comes In’ we meet Flo. Flo is a wife, mom of three and hard worker living in the fifties. Life is hard on Flo. Her husband Fred is an abusive, drunk with a bad temper. But times are very different back then. Flo isn’t able to leave her husband, and must end ...more
Sue Wilsher’s debut novel is a sweeping story of one woman’s success against all the odds. Flo is a cruise ship cleaner on Tilbury Docks, who dreams of one day buying ‘Ten Pound Pom’ tickets and taking her children and elderly mother to Australia to start a new life. However, her husband Fred, scarred mentally from losing both of his parents in a bombing raid, takes his solace in drink and hitting Flo, and he has other ideas. After Fred is sacked from the d ...more
It's the year 1959 in tilbury docks Flo Blundell was a 'tilbury scrubber' cleaner of the cruise ships. Dreams of her and family taking off on a ten pound poms to Australia,dreams of sailing away from Fred's fist (her husband). Then thing changed for the better for flo new house new job new beginnings. After reading the empire girls first, I just had to get this book really enjoyed both.this author is exceptional in her writing,her books throughout will bring laughter, tea ...more
I was expecting a somewhat easy, bland read about a family struggling during the 1950s. But what I got was a super strong MC who totally carried the story. The company town setting was different. I was taken in with the story overall and would read this author again.
The blurb gives a good idea of what to expect plot wise. Again, it was a pleasant surprise.
It’s 1959, and Flo Blundell is scarcely managing to make ends meet. Living i ...more
Flo works on the liners. She cleans them when they have come in to Tilbury Docks. She dreams of a life for her and her three children, away from her abusive, alcoholic husband Fred. She wants to better herself, and is struggling to save to buy them a one way ticket on a boat to Australia. One day Fred gets sacked from his job at the docks, a job that his dad did before him and a job that he only got, and kept, because of his dad. He ...more
Flo cleans the ships that transports the English to Australia, known as the £10 poms, that's Flo's dream to leave the dock area and have a better life.
When Fred is sacked from his job on the docks and blacklisted not to be able to work there again, life has to change for the family.
Will it be for the best or will it only get worse????
So many good lines but I loved this one - it really made me laugh: "Well, I had to put a stop to her jam-making malarkey, this isn't bloody Woman's Own."
Well done Sue Wilsher! Looking forward to t ...more
Sue's debut novel When My Ship Comes In is set in 1950s Essex and centres around a downtrodden docker's wife who joins a young wives club and is challenged to train for a 'man's job'. She must decide whether to ...more