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Halfpenny Dreams

By Frances Brody

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An engrossing saga of two families set in 1930s Yorkshire, from the bestselling author of the Kate Shackleton mysteries

Previously published as Sisters of Fortune.

Sophie and Rosa Moran are born into a working-class family struggling to rise above poverty. Their father is a lowly employee at Thackreys' Bank, a powerful family-run concern. Sophie and her sister first come into contact with the Thackrey family - especially young Lydia - as children through their father's job. In spite of the social differences between them, they form an enduring friendship.

Years later, their paths cross again when Barney Moran is sacked from the bank, and the girls beg Mr Thackrey for help. Swept up in a dramatic chain of events, the lives of the two families are changed forever . . .

Biographical Notes

Frances Brody is the author of ten mysteries featuring Kate Shackleton as well as many stories and plays for BBC Radio, scripts for television and three sagas, one of which won the HarperCollins Elizabeth Elgin Award. A Woman Unknown was short-listed for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her stage plays have been toured by several theatre companies and produced at Manchester Library Theatre, the Gate and Nottingham Playhouse. Jehad was nominated for a Time Out Award.

Frances lived in New York for a time before studying at Ruskin College, Oxford, and reading English Literature and History at York University. She has taught in colleges, and on writing courses for the Arvon Foundation.

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  • ISBN: 9780349410739
  • Publication date: 07 Jul 2016
  • Page count: 384
  • Imprint: Piatkus
Frances writes strong, believable characters and has a meticulous eye for period detail. — Leah Fleming
Frances Brody captures the tragedies and joys of old working-class Leeds in vivid and heartfelt storytelling. — Elizabeth Gill
Frances Brody makes every turn of the page a step back into time in her wonderfully sumptuous sagas . . . storytelling at its very best. — Diane Allen
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