SHE WAS MADE IN THE EAST END . . .
For young Queenie, life in the backstreets of Whitechapel was a lesson in survival – Hitler’s bombs hit those with nothing the hardest. When danger strikes close to home, Queenie finds an ally in Mrs O’Leary, whose two sons are the kingpins of the East End. But while
I find it particularly difficult to write a review for a book and an author that I absolutely love - there’s always the nagging doubt that I won’t be able to do it justice - but here goes anyway.
For fans of Kimberly Chambers Butler family, we discover how Queenie became the woman she is today - the experiences that moulded her thoughts and actions, and most importantly, how she ended up being matriarch of this much feared (though respected) gangland family.
We join 12 year old Queenie in 1939, ...more
Not as gritty as the previous books, I thought.
Queenie was definitely wearing blinkers when it came to her ...more
I was excited for the future of Kim’s books after the end of the Mitchell series and the Butler series with the incredible finale she delivered with ...more
Fans of KC have been waiting for this book, in previous books Queenie is the matriarch Mum/Nan/Sister/Friend in the Butler series and this book charts her life from the beginning right up to the first Butler book
Queenie is a legend in the other books and so it was good to see how she started life and what she did to make sure her boys succeeded, often amoral and even more often hypocritical she moved anything and anyone that stood in her boys way and equally anyone who got in her way with her ...more
You are my sunshine my only sunshine
you make me happy when skies are grey, your never know dear how much I love you so don't take my sunshine away
The Butlers ….. it was the first series I read from this author. I was gripped from start to finish.
So when Kimberley Chambers decided to give us Queenie's story I just knew it was going to be a blinder of a read.
Set just before the Second World War it follows Queenie as a young girl growing up in the East End London.
It takes us up to ...more
It was great to get to know Queenie and everything she’s been through - and what a life she’s had!
Something terrible happened to her whilst she was sent away during the war but I think this made her stronger when she eventually spoke to Mary about it. This then shaped how she dealt with life and those she came into contact with.
When she had her sons she encouraged them to be the best they could be and whilst Albie criticises ...more
Kimberley brings the story vividly to life on the page and I was transfixed with the book all weekend.
I would give more than 5 stars if it was possible.
Pages - 400
Publisher - Harper Collins
Source - Review copy
Blurb from Goodreads
SHE WAS MADE IN THE EAST END . . .
For young Queenie, life in the backstreets of Whitechapel was a lesson in survival – Hitler’s bombs hit those with nothing the hardest. When danger strikes close to home, Queenie finds an ally in Mrs O’Leary, whose two sons are the kingpins of the East End. But while the O’Learys are the light in Queenie’s life, fate has a different ...more
the backstory to queenie and her sister and how their childhood had a profound effect on the way they lived their adult lives...
queenies dad was lovely when he was sober but a vicious violent drunk when he had had a few, though queenie and her sister never knew this side of him until he came back from war injured and couldnt keep a job...
also during the war queenie and her sister were sent away as every child ...more
Queenie Wade and her sister Vivian live in the East End with their parents. When the war starts, they are both evacuated but, something happens to Queenie that changes her life forever. When she returns home, she is a more a grown-up ...more
I was born and raised in the east end of London in the 1950s and early 60s. OK, my parents worked, but we were not well off at all. Yet, there was none of the behaviour described in the book locally whatsoever. I recognised some of the descriptions and references, those which were true to the times, such as rationing, queues in ...more
This is an absolute must read for anyone to loves gritty drama. Whether you've read the Butler series or not, you need to read this!
Queenie the prequel was well written and kept me engaged and enthralled through out.
I loved the o Leary link and the sadness Queenie endured whilst Evacuated during the war. I literally read this book in a couple of days.
I may have to re read all her other books.
One of my favorite crime writers.
Can't wait for Kimberley's next book
I want to read the series again now and want to hear about the Kelly brothers next.
Kimberley Chambers isn't known as the "Queen of Gangland Crime Fiction" for nothing and here we have yet another masterpiece of story-telling ... the saga that is "Queenie".
This book tells the story of Queenie from her life as a young girl during World War II right up to the early 60's and what a life she leads! She is one heck of a character; one minute you absolutely adore her, the next she disappoints you, then she'll surprise you and then shock ... I felt like I was ...more