The Bermondsey Bookshop
Set in 1920s London, this is the inspiring story of Kate Goss's struggle against poverty, hunger and cruel family secrets.
Her mother died in a fall, her father has vanished without trace, and now her aunt and cousins treat her viciously. In a freezing, vermin-infested garret, factory girl Kate has only her own brave spirit and dreams of finding her father to keep her...more
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With a well crafted plot and a great descriptions of the bookshop, what ...more
The story is set in 1920s London and is focused around the spirited Kate Goss. Kate's mother died, her father has been away for years, and Kate is living with a mean and resentful aunt and her children. Kate is treated terribly and is definitely not wanted. She ...more
I might have wished for a little more of the story ...more
in 1920s London. It was very cleverly written about Kate Goss and her personal struggles against poverty, hunger and cruel family secrets. It was most enjoyable and I found it quite absorbing how the different characters were woven into Kate’s life and the Bermondsey Bookshop. I felt so sorry for Kate at times and could not believe the hardships she ...more
This is the story of a young woman named Kate who has grown up in a small run down town called Bermondsey, at the mercy of her cruel Aunt Sylvie and cousins who have done their best to make her life miserable and treated her as a proverbial physical and emotional punching bag.
Her Aunt forces her to get a job at the young age of fourteen and takes most of her wages, leaving an amount left that she couldn't ...more
Not one to shy away from hard graft Kate throws herself into job in a vain attempt to escape the cycle ...more
When her mother dies and her father leaves to find his fortune, Kate is raised by Aunt Sylvia. Her Aunt and cousins are particularly cruel to Kate who is cold, given barely enough food and forced to leave school to work in a foundry. It is there that Kate makes friends and learns a trade. The factory where she works lays off people seasonally and Kate must search for a way to ...more
Mary Gibson, author of the Factory Girls series, hits it out of the park with this absolutely engaging story. ...more
I was attracted to the title of the book as I do not read a huge amount of historical fiction I was intrigued to find out more.
Poor Kate has not had a good start in life, her Mother was killed in a fall and her Father left her with her awful Aunt who cannot wait to send her out to work at the age of fourteen. She gets a job in a factory ...more
As I read, I wondered when the bookshop, as a character, would appear. When it did, I was curious to see that this story was not necessarily about books. It was more about the people who worked at the bookshop. The Sunday night lectures [free], Monday ...more
Meanwhile the ...more
This book is set in the early 1920's. London.....Bermondsey to be exact. It is based on the true story of the Bermondsey Bookshop... a place where where anyone from dock workers to factory workers on up can come learn to read, buy books, listen to lectures, and learn all sorts of things. It is here that young Kate Goss gets her start in life. Kate's mother died when she was a young child and then her father ...more
Kate is an 'almost orphan'; after her mother's tragic death her father leaves her with his sister, Sylvie, and Kate's life takes a turn for the worse. Treated no better than a slave, she endures a miserable childhood and once her aunt sends her out to work as soon as she has turned fourteen, things barely improve. But Kate never gives up hope that, one day, her father will return for ...more
Her aunt forces her to leave school and start working in a tin factory, eventually, she throws her out and Kate is left to support herself, taking on ...more
Set in the earlier 1900's, Kate Noss is practically an orphan, living with her abusive aunt and so down on her luck. Things go from bad to worse after fleeing her abusers and no where to go. But because of her grit and willingness to work hard, she lands odd jobs, including cleaning a local bookshop. Through the bookshop she discovers that her long lost father, may not be far away, or lost. ...more
Finally, she finds a job at Bermondsey Bookshop and now she can find her own wa and try to ort her own life and past. Some events will change the way everything was going and some hidden pat ...more
That said, I found the pace to be extremely slow. I think that this book could've benefitted from additional ...more
Wow! What a beautiful tale of Kate's life story. Her life is in shambles at a very young age. She learns to survive in her hardships and works very hard to simply maintain her minimal basic needs.
Through her job in the bookstore, she finds friends and connections that add happiness in her life. Over time, she is surrounded by close friends (family) and her one true love.
I am not well knowledgeable on history after WWII. ...more
I love Kate of a character. She didn’t let anything or anyone crush her spirit and she did what she needed to survive. Even if that meant working himself to the bone. Her pleasures are simple. The story paint a grim tale of the London East End in the twenties. No roaring twenties in that neighbourhood, but there is a big difference in class. Kate her curiosity made me laugh.
I loved the Bookshop and how it changed Kate’s life, ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I got excited each time I picked it up, looking forward to each chapter, actually each page. I loved Kate such a feisty but kind lovely girl, one that had been through hell as a child after her mum died.
Well written with a really good storyline, kept me gripped all the way through.
Full of heartwarming loveliness but also harsh sadness in the reality of life back then and just who her father really is under the mask.
...and a book shop! ...more
It's an engrossing and moving story, quite realistic and well researched.
I loved Kate, the MC, but I think that all the characters are realistic and well thought.
The descriptions of the bookshop were lovely and I liked the well crafted plot.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
I loved it.... the story, the characters it was just perfect.
From start to finish I was captivated.
This story is perfect for anyone who likes historical fiction, books and seeing someone go through a hard time but still remain positive, with a sassy attitude.
The characters were believable and the plot kept reading.
I look forward to Mary's next book