Golden-haired, sunny-natured Amy, youngest and dearest of Annie Flanagan's lively brood of thirteen, is the apple of her mother's eye. But with the outbreak of World War II, the Flanagan family is torn apart, shaken from their crowded nest in London's East End.
While the young ones are evacuated from the war-torn capital - the girls to Devon and the boys to a school in the Midlands - Joe is soon made a sergeant, fighting in France. Billy volunteers for the Army Transport, and young Dan fulfils his dreams and joins the RAF.
The war brings tragedy - even the old home is in ruins, bombed and shell-splintered. It's Amy, with her fierce courage and determination, who must pull the family back together. But when a man full of wicked charm and Cockney banter walks into her life and wins her heart, more turbulent years are sure to follow . . .
What readers are saying about DOWN OUR STREET
'What a wonderful story from beginning to end' - 5 STARS
'I could not put the book down' - 5 STARS
'A fabulous read' - 5 STARS
'I will tell all my friends to read it' - 5 STARS
'I really enjoyed this book from start to finish' - 5 STARS
Lena Kennedy was sixty-four before her first novel, MAGGIE, was accepted, and it was among the shackdwelling community of the woods that she began to realise her growing need to express her feelings through writing. THE LAST OF THE SHACKDWELLERS examines the inspirations for each of her novels, such as the bestsellers EVE`S APPLES and LILY, MY LOVELY. Lena also vividly describes the long search for a publisher, her joy at finding success and her road to fame.
'Absolutely fascinating' - 5-STAR reader review
Raised in Stepney, the heart of London's East End, Maggie Riley is the only child of an Irish widower. When she becomes pregnant at the age of fifteen she is delighted, for it means she has captured her beloved Jim Burns.
But life is a constant struggle - to bring up her four sons, to cope with a part-time husband, to 'better herself'. And that struggle is set against critical events of the era: the Depression, the Blackshirt marches, the devastation of World War II and its aftermath.
Rejoice in Maggie's triumphs and feel the sorrow of her tragedies with this beautiful and moving tale of perseverance against all odds.
What readers are saying about MAGGIE
'A brilliant novel' - 5 STARS
'A fascinating story' - 5 STARS
'I loved the whole story' - 5 STARS
'Just wonderful!' - 5 STARS
'An amazing read' - 5 STARS
Born in Canning Town, in the heart of London's teeming dockland, red-headed Lily is a true Cockney in her zest for life, her natural humour and her instinct for survival.
With the outbreak of World War II, husband George goes off to fight for King and Country and into the close-knit East End community bursts Kasie, a Dutch seaman who quickly falls for Lily's bright curls and ready smile. His romantic ways make Lily go weak at the knees, and although she sticks by her husband, her heart belongs wholly to her flying Dutchman.
Torn between his native homeland and his yearning for 'Lily, my lovely', Kasie sweeps in and out of her life throughout the post-war years and the swinging sixties, always on a tide of storms and passion. Only when that tide finally recedes does an older and wiser Lily settle down among her adored grandchildren to fondly remember her adventurous life.
What readers are saying about LILY, MY LOVELY
'Oh how I enjoyed this book' - 5 STARS
'A really compelling read' - 5 STARS
'I hated putting the book down' - 5 STARS
'Brilliant book from start to finish' - 5 STARS
'Absolutely fantastic story' - 5 STARS
Warm-hearted and wilful, her temper as fiery as her beautiful auburn hair, Lady Penelope is a romantic heroine whose impulsive nature makes her as many enemies as her vivacious, flame-haired beauty wins her admirers.
Caught up in the dangerous intrigues of Queen Elizabeth's court, forced to marry a wealthy but repulsive nobleman, she pours all her passion into her children . . . and her lovers. Will Penelope survive her loveless marriage and a life filled with tragedy, and finally emerge triumphant?
What readers are saying about LADY PENELOPE
'Perfect!' - 5 STARS
'My favourite novel' - 5 STARS
'I love the history behind the book' - 5 STARS
'Loved it . . . Penelope was a brilliant character' - 5 STARS
'Good from start to end' - 5 STARS
In the turmoil and confusion of London's East End between the wars, young Nelly Kelly soon learns that life may never match her expectations. Forced to keep house for her charming yet autocratic, father, Nelly toils in a sweatshop to keep her family clothed and fed.
But though life is hard, Nelly still has friendship, dancing and her early dreams to cling to. Dreams that slowly crumble as marriage, the war and a lost baby are followed by the heartache of a lost love.
Fortune may crush her proud spirit but when faced with a crisis that will test her courage to the limit, no tragedy can change Nelly Kelly's determination to be her own woman.
What readers are saying about NELLY KELLY
'Unputdownable' - 5 STARS
'A gripping story' - 5 STARS
'What a great book' - 5 STARS
'Another of Lena Kennedy's books that had be engrossed from the start' - 5 STARS
'Could not put it down' - 5 STARS