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All My Mother's Secrets

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  268 ratings  ·  29 reviews
A powerful true story of love, loss and a family torn apart

A vivid, heart-warming story of survival

Annie Austin’s childhood ends at the age of twelve, when she joins her mother in one of the slum laundries of Acton, working long hours for little pay. What spare time she has is spent looking after her younger brother George and her two stepsisters, under the glowering

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Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by Pan Macmillan
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Shirley Revill
A story of great hardship, family secrets and love for each other that ties a family together.
Sometimes it's far better to tell the truth than to fabricate a lie even though the truth will be painful to hear.
I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook and the story was so good I ended up listening into the early hours of the morning.
This book deserves more than five stars and I will be looking for more books from this author.
booklover BEV
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book starts in november 1918, the story of Annie Austin, working for the missus Blythe, starting at the age of twelve at the laundry of Acton lane Soapsud island. Annie goes all out to find the truth about her real father living with her mother step father brother and two step sisters. i loved how this story unfolds. remarkable details and accounts, it will pull at your heartstrings as you read on. a story of family heardship working and bonding together, with lots of stories of all the ...more
Sandra
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a lovely story about Annie,her family and life in Acton.Annie has a hard life working long hours for little money but she had no choice.As life moves on Annie comes to like Ed and she enjoys their chats but when he gets a bit carried away Annie stops him only to find him walking out with her friend Vera.The years pass and then Annie suffers the loss of her gran who held the family together,her gran gives her a sewing box and while looking through it she comes across a hidden bottom inside ...more
chlorinda naish
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Secrets

Sisters and family secrets, I lost my way around the middle of this book, despite reading for five solid hours waiting for an operation, then a further two hours after coming home, finally got back into what was happening still a bit confused it read to the end.
Sharon Kirk
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enthralling memories

I have enjoyed to look into how life would have been for my grandparents, the genuine struggles of life. I was born in Stratford road Acton, and remember hearing stories of soap suds island. Now I feel I have lived it through the pages.
Wendy
Set in the poverty of Action and Notting Hill “All My Mother’s Secrets” opens with twelve -year -old Annie Austin whose life revolves around her family; looking after her brother and half-sisters and working long hours at the laundry at Hope Cottage, adding her small pay to the household income. Haunted by her mother’s secrecy about her father who she believes died in the Great War, she longs to know the truth, hoping as she grows older to find a man who she can love, someone very different from ...more
Rebecca
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written true story about three generations of women working in the London laundry business, a tough life filled with hard work in what we’re essentially slums. I’d never thought much about the effort that goes into washing, drying, and ironing of clothes by hand, these women worked hard in what was a very specialised industry - it gave me an appreciation of their skill and the luck of living in the modern mechanised age.
The author is related to these women so the story is woven
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Ann Ramsey
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic

What another good book from Beezy Marsh. This is about the hardships families faced in a time gone by and how after everything they still pulled together. Annie finds out so many secrets about her family and for a time she moves away. In that time of being away she finds herself but she still needs to go back home for the answers she needs. This book will make you realise just how much easier we have certain things today but also how we've become lost along the way.
sieglinde
A very moving story - a bit of a slow start picturesque , taking place on
soapsud Island with women making ends meet working in a laundry factory while the men go the pub after payday and spend most of what they made. children working doing laundry from age 12 on. Mom gets pregnant but does not want to share it with her oldest daughter. Does not share how her Dad really died. Wants to keep him on a pedestal for her daughter. It was a o.k. book for me.
janice kordek
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My mother's secrets

A brilliant true story of a family's secrets its a very powerful and emotional book i thoroughly enjoyed it brought me lots of memories of my young day's i couldn't put it down i highly recommend this book its well worth a read i haven't read any of Beezy Marsh books before but will do in the future
Claire
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful biography of a British family . It flips between two generations 1918 -1936 and is an excellent profile of life between the wars. Although a biography, it reads very much like fiction, and is interesting and enjoyable.The character are very well developed, and life of working class Brits is well portrayed...keep calm and carry on!
J CARWITHEN
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very absorbing read.

A great insight into the life and hardships of ordinary folks, who even though they were working long hours struggled to make ends meet, before and during the last two world wars. As the story unfolded I couldn't put it down.
Mary Payne
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All my mother's secrets

An exceptional book describing the role of working class women in London and how they protected and kept their families together. Although poor they had exceptional standards and are to be admired
Marilyn Hiebert
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting true story of hard working families trying to keep their lives together and food on the table. Their determination in such trying times is amazing as they never gave up. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others.
Shirley Bannatyne
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely story about hardship and personal loss and the consequences of being untruthful. I enjoyed reading it but felt the ending was a bit rushed but I suspect that may be because there is likely to be a sequel expanding on how things developed during and after WW11
mois reads
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Secrets

Wow this is a fantastic story I loved Annie and also her mam Emma what a hard life these ladies had I'm so happy there going to be another book 5 STARS for a riveting read ..
Susan Duthie
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a brilliant story set just before World War Two. It's a series based on true life. We read of a desperately poor family and their struggle to survive.
Chris Green
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable

Transported to a bygone era , truly remarkable how the women survived such hardship . A fascinating read with real characters. Can't wait to read the sequel
Melanie
An enjoyable non-fiction book.
Rita
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A touching book...an easy read. Makes you hope and love.
Brenda Anderson
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Really enjoyable read ,looking forward to the next book.
Pauline Chamberlain
A good family saga
Susan Buist
I was drawn to read the book because I enjoy true stories and history. But the content really let me down.
Gabrielle Brewer
v good.
CLAIR Withers
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Throughly enjoyed this book. It’s amazing to see how things have changed over the years. What Annie finds out about her family is very similar to her story. Definitely worth reading
Alana
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I actually found this really quite boring. Way too much info about the laundry.
Zuska
Oct 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I needed to know that much detail about the laundry industry...those parts were dry,
Julia
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All my mother’s secrets

Well written, bit slow moving and predictable but enjoyed it on the whole and will read the sequel ! Nice story
Catherine
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