Twopence to Cross the Mersey : The Complete Helen Forrester Memoirs

  • by Helen Forrester
  • Narrated by Liane-Rose Bunce
  • Series: The Complete Helen Forrester Memoirs
  • 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This major best-selling memoir of a poverty-stricken childhood in Liverpool is one of the most harrowing but uplifting books you will ever hear. 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 12-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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A good insight into the history of social deprivation.

I read this book twenty years ago when studying on a social care course. Second time around it still aroused all the same feelings of sadness, the disbelief of child poverty and how we now are very critical of our educational system and take it for granted.
I found the Liverpool accent of the narrator slightly irritating .
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- Denise N

a truly heartfelt story of deprivation & poverty.

well written and compelling; amazing how the children all survived. makes you want to go to the next book to see what happens next for Helen and her siblings.
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- Gill

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-08-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios