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The Scarlet Sisters: My nanna’s story of secrets and heartache on the banks…

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‘Oh my goodness – another girl Mrs Swain!’
Clara’s normal iron composure broke and she screamed, ‘No! That’s not the bloody deal!’
And that is how my nanna, Bertha Swain, entered the world.

When Helen Batten’s marriage breaks down, she starts on a journey of discovery into her family’s past and the mysteries surrounding her enigmatic nanna’s early life.

What she unearths is a tale of five feisty red heads struggling to climb out of poverty and find love through two world…

The Scarlet Sisters

Author : Helen Batten  |  Pub Date : 2015-07-16  |  Publisher : Random House

ISBN 10 : 9781473502697
ISBN 13 : 1473502691

‘Oh my goodness – another girl Mrs Swain!’ Clara’s normal iron composure broke and she screamed, ‘No! That’s not the bloody deal!’ And that is how my nanna, Bertha Sw..

Sisters Of The East End

Author : Helen Batten  |  Pub Date : 2013-09-26  |  Publisher : Random House

ISBN 10 : 9781448175642
ISBN 13 : 144817564X

Heart-warming tales of nursing and midwifery from the Sisters who worked with Jennifer Worth. ‘A second’s silence and then an almighty scream. It was the most moving thing I ha..

Keeping My Sisters Secrets

Author : Beezy Marsh  |  Pub Date : 2017-07-27  |  Publisher : Pan Macmillan

ISBN 10 : 9781509842667
ISBN 13 : 1509842667

The Sunday Times Bestseller and #1 international bestseller Keeping My Sister’s Secrets by Beezy Marsh is the heartwarming true story of three sisters and their fearless fight to..

Confessions Of A Showman

Author : Gerry Cottle  |  Pub Date : 2007-08-01  |  Publisher : Vision

ISBN 10 : 1905745168
ISBN 13 : 9781905745166

Gerry Cottle, a stockbroker's son, ran away to join the circus when he was just5 and soon married into Britain's oldest circus dynasty. In time, he was thewner of the biggest circu..

The Scarlet Sisters

Author : Myra MacPherson  |  Pub Date : 2014-03-04  |  Publisher : Twelve

ISBN 10 : 9781455547708
ISBN 13 : 1455547700

A fresh look at the life and times of Victoria Woodhull and Tennie Claflin, two sisters whose radical views on sex, love, politics, and business threatened the white male power str..

My Secret Sister

Author : Helen Edwards  |  Pub Date : 2013-03-14  |  Publisher : Pan Macmillan

ISBN 10 : 9781447228882
ISBN 13 : 144722888X

Helen grew up in a pit village in Tyneside in the post-war years, with her gran, aunties and uncles living nearby. She felt safe with them, but they could not protect her from her ..

Secrets My Mother Kept

Author : Kath Hardy  |  Pub Date : 2013-10-10  |  Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton

ISBN 10 : 9781444763263
ISBN 13 : 1444763261

Kath grew up on a vast council estate in the 1950s, the second youngest of ten children. The two most important people in young Kath's life were her charismatic but manipulative mo..

The Sisters Of Battle Road

Author : J.M. Maloney  |  Pub Date : 2017-03-09  |  Publisher : Random House

ISBN 10 : 9781473542709
ISBN 13 : 1473542707

In 1939 Annie Jarman and her six young daughters were evacuated from their south London home and sent to the Sussex countryside to wait out the war. Refusing to be parted, they fac..

Shoes Were For Sunday

Author : Molly Weir  |  Pub Date : 2012-03-29  |  Publisher : Penguin UK

ISBN 10 : 9780241957936
ISBN 13 : 0241957931

'Poverty is a very exacting teacher and I had been taught well' The post-war urban jungle of the Glasgow tenements was the setting for Molly Weir's childhood. From sharing a pull-o..

Four Waifs On Our Doorstep

Author : Jan Ford  |  Pub Date : 2015-04-09  |  Publisher : Simon and Schuster

ISBN 10 : 9781471138454
ISBN 13 : 1471138453

At eleven o' clock one night in 1997, four hungry, damaged young children arrive on foster carers Trisha and Mike Merry's doorstep. Two social workers dropped them off with nothing..

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