The Girl from Penny Lane
Young Kitty Drinkwater lives in Paradise Court, just off Burlington Street. Life is tough in Liverpool in the years after the First World War and Kitty is always hungry and dressed in rags. As the eldest child, she is the scapegoat for her feckless, drunken mother. She dreams of a better life...Lilac Larkin's prospects, by contrast, are very different; she is beautiful, self-possessed young woman, and even when her pleasant job as a lady's maid comes to an end and she starts work in a bag factory, she is sure that her life will be full of promise and excitement...So when the two girls meet by chance in a millinery shop, neither can have any idea what changes in their lives the encounter will bring nor how strangely fate will work to bring them together once more.This is classic Katie Flynn, a passionate tale of love and friendship by one of our greatest saga writers.
The Girl from Seaforth Sands
Liverpool 1902. Bill and Isobel Logan earn a meagre living by selling their shrimps around the streets but Amy, their youngest daughter, hates the smell, which invites taunts from their neighbour Paddy Keagan.When Isobel dies, Bill marries Paddy's mother Suzie, a good-looking widow who is lazy and selfish. The Keagans move in and tension begins to mount...Amy is desperate to get away. She takes a room share in the city centre but Liverpool is in turmoil with strikes and riots, and life is hard for young girls. Furthermore, Amy's visits home are spoiled by the presence of the hated Paddy...A warm and moving story of young people and their loves and jealousies, played out against the hardship and humour of their Liverpool background.
Life is hard in 1930s Liverpool, and Biddy O'Shaughnessy is left destitute when her widowed mother dies. Forced to work all hours for Ma Kettle, owner of the local sweet shop, she can soon take no more and runs away.At first luck appears to be on her side. Sharing a flat with Ellen, an old school pal who has a special 'friend' paying the rent, keeps the wolf from the door. But fate conspires against them and Biddy finds herself homeless once more, living rough on the mean streets of Liverpool.When she applies for the post of maid with the Gallagher family, Biddy starts to feel she might at last be able to lead a normal life. Especially when she meets Dai, a young Welshman working the trawlers. But Nellie Gallagher has a secret that will change all their lives...Liverpool Taffy is a heartwarming story of love and courage from a wonderful storyteller, and one of the most popular saga writers of our time, Katie Flynn
The Mersey Girls
The author's fourth Liverpool novel. In 1913 Evie Murphy leaves Ireland to make her fortune on the stage in Liverpool, taking her baby daughter Linnet - but not Linnet's frail twin sister, Lucy. Years later, Lucy discovers the truth about Linnet, and embarks on a quest to find her.
Claudia and her younger sister, Jenny, live with their parents, Louisa and Cormack Muldoon, in their grandmother's house in Blodwen Street. Louisa has a good job in a dress shop on Scotland Road and Cormack is a supervisor at the nearby tobacco manufactory. They assume they are settled for life, but then Grandpa Muldoon has a seizure and begs his son to return to Kilnevin and the family croft.
The Rose of Tralee
The year is 1925, and in Liverpool, Rose Ryder worships her father, a tram-driver. She dreams of driving trams too, even though it's not considered a job for women. When her father is killed, Rose and her mother turn their home into a boarding house, and Colm O'Neill arrives from Dublin.
Liverpool: Christmas Day 1924.When twelve-year-old Sara Cordwainer, the unloved child of rich and fashionable parents, sees a ragged girl with a baby in her arms outside her church, she stops to talk to her, pressing her collection money into the girl's icy hand. But from this generous act comes a tragedy which will haunt her for years.When, years later, Sara meets Brogan, a young Irishman working in England, she feels she has found a friend at last. But Brogan has a secret which he dare tell no one, not even Sara.And in a Dublin slum, Brogan's little sister Polly is growing up. The only girl in a family of boys, she knows herself to be much loved, but it is not until Sara begins to work at the Salvation Army children's home, Strawberry Fields, that the two girls meet - and Brogan's secret is told at last...