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This major best-selling memoir of a poverty-stricken childhood in Liverpool is one of the most harrowing but uplifting books you will ever read. When Helen Forrester’s father went bankrupt in 1930 she and her six siblings were forced into utmost poverty and slum surroundings in Depression-ridden Liverpool. The running of the household and the care of the younger children all fell on twelve-year-old Helen. With very little food or help from her feckless parents, Helen led a life of unrelenting drudgery and hardship. Writing about her experiences later in life, Helen Forrester shed light on an almost forgotten part of life in Britain. Written with good humour and a lack of self-pity, Forrester’s memoir of these grim days is as heart-warming as it is shocking.

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    Twopence to cross the mersey

    A good read . Captures the essence of Liverpool and the shame of real poverty . I will read the next one .

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    Engrossing read

    All I can say is that I was that engrossed I read it in three days. What a well written book and something to make you realize how fortunate we are to live in these times

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    Twopence to Cross the Mersey

    An insite of bygone days. This is one of those books that you don't want to put down. Well written so you are immersed in the hardship hand in hand with the main character. Well worth a read.

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    Very enjoyable

    How lucky am i to have been born in the early 50's this book is sad with life experiance which is laid before us by this author an eye opening read

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