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When My Ship Comes In: A powerful, gripping saga of family, love and hope

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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

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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published September 22nd 2016 by Sphere
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Maureen
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, history
I read all kinds of books. Mystery, Crime, Thrillers, Romance, Historical.. I love all kinds of books. So when I received ‘When My Ship Comes In’ I was intrigued by the book description and started reading as fast as I could.

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
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Kim
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, kindle, net-galley
Flo dreams of escaping her life and making a new one in Australia. She cleans cruise ships when they dock locally and has always wanted to take a trip herself. She has a very tough home life and thinks conspire against her. It was very interesting to read about life around the dock areas and then at Mondays a company that provides the complete lifestyle for it's employees. It sounded very like the Cadbury area in Bournville where the housing was for the employees and they arranged social events. ...more
Fay Keenan
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Emotional, sweeping and un-putdownable!

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
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Samantha
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Set in 1959 in London Tilbury Docks this is a novel about Flo Blundell and her family and her dreams of a better life for them all. Her husband Fred is a drinker and when they are evicted from their home he finds work at Monday's a factory town. They then seem to be on the 'up' and life is getting better for them, trouble is not far away when Fred starts drinking again and becoming abusive and his behaviour threatens all they have gained. Woman in the 50's had a hard life, they married forever a ...more
beverley ann
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A powerful gripping saga

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
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Samie Sands
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this is a really uplifting novel about a woman beating all the odds, getting by despite everything being stacked against them, it left me reeling at the end. In a world, during the 50's, where men were deemed as the more important sex, it's amazing to see this book written from the perspective of two strong women. I love how different this novel is from the typical historical romance too, it's really worth a read and I look forward to more from this author.

Xondra Day
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
This one surprised me in a good way.

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.
chlorinda naish
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Heartache

Nice book but funny ending, I suppose for the next instalment, but if everything and nothing this book didn't actually go anywhere, but disappointed at the ending.
Elle
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I’m not a huge reader of historical fiction, however I do have a fondness for wartime fiction, and stories set in the 1950s, which has seen me gain quite a collection and to seek out books from new authors. It’s especially interesting to delve into the lives of women; women who worked, women who raised families, women who would strive to keep themselves and their families together during times of much poverty and sorrow.

It’s 1959, and Flo Blundell is scarcely managing to make ends meet. Living i
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Sharon
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the Publishers for this review copy.

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
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Sarah Davies
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Flo has a hard life, married to Fred a docker with an alcohol and temper problem, which he tends to take out on Flo and her children, Babs, Jeanies and Mickey.

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????

This
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Tanya Gupta
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Stayed up all night to finish it and cried at the end. Even made a visit to Tilbury Docks to see where it all "happened". So felt for Flo trying to make her way through factory politics and working life. All the characters felt so real I didn't want to let them go, even including her brute of a husband.
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
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Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This was such a raw, honest story of life as it really was back in 1959. The story is set at Tilbury Docks, Essex but it could be set anywhere in the country as families, men and women, had certain roles to play back in that era. Women had a hard life back in the 50’s, some worked to help with the housekeeping funds but they were also expected to cook, clean and look after the children around their work schedule. The men went to work and very often visited a public house before coming home to di ...more
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Sue Wilsher grew up in South Essex near a shoe factory and the Thames estuary. The factory housed its workers, including Sue's grandparents and mother. Sue now lives in Kent with her family.

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
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