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    • ISBN:9780751564631
    • Publication date:17 May 2018
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The Empire Girls

A gripping saga of family, love and friendship in the 1950s

By Sue Wilsher

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The second Essex-set 1950s saga from the talented Sue Wilsher - heartwrenching and emotional.

Sue Wilsher, author of When My Ship Comes In, makes an emotional return to 1950s Essex

Tilbury, 1950s. The Empire is a pub run by Vi, Doris's mother. When Doris falls pregnant out of marriage, she is kicked out of the house and forced to fend for herself.

Desperate to look after her daughter, Doris finds refuge in Southend and takes a job in a factory, hoping for a better life. When she finds herself cast out one night, Doris has nowhere to go but home - back to Tilbury. But she's still not welcome there and once again has to look for shelter and work.

Homeless and as a single mother, life is tough for Doris. And it becomes harder when she helps a neighbour, Claude, to find a new life in Britain. Now Doris must decide where her heart lies...

Biographical Notes

Sue Wilsher grew up in South Essex near a shoe factory and the Thames estuary. The shoe company housed its workers, including Sue's grandparents and mother. Sue based her debut novel, When My Ship Comes In, on the history of the area. She now lives in Kent with her husband and two children.

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  • ISBN: 9780751564624
  • Publication date: 16 Nov 2017
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It's a page-turning, well-researched and revealing story filled with heartache and drama as two very different women battle with the hardships and prejudices of life in the Fifties. — Lancaster Evening Post
a gripping page-turner about resilience, hope and the triumph of the human spirit readers will not be able to put down. — Bookish Jottings
It's a page-turning, well-researched and revealing story filled with heartache and drama as two very different women battle with the hardships and prejudices of life in the Fifties.
a gripping page-turner about resilience, hope and the triumph of the human spirit readers will not be able to put down.
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