cat63 (cat63) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Book 14 for 2011

Twopence to Cross the Mersey by Helen Forrester. 281 pages

Autobiographical account of the author's childhood in Depression-blighted 1930s Liverpool. Used to genteel surroundings and a private school education, Helen's life and that of her siblings, is turned upside down when she is twelve by her parents' bankruptcy. Ignorant that the law allows them to keep some of their clothes and personal possessions, her father moves them all to his home town of Liverpool with only the clothes they stand up in and there follow years of dreadful struggle to survive.

A moving and well-written account of almost unimaginable hardship. I'd read this before many years ago and it still has the same impact.
Tags: biography, non-fiction

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