Twopence to Cross the Mersey

Twopence to Cross the Mersey

And, Liverpool Miss

Book - 2010
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First and second parts of Helen Forresters poignant autobiography.

Twopence was the price of the ferry-boat between Liverpool and Birkenhead. A tiny sum but an impassable barrier for the poor of Liverpool - desperate to escape the city's grinding poverty.

When Helen Forrester's father went bankrupt in 1930, she and her six siblings were forced from their comfortable middle-class life into utmost destitution in Depression-ridden Liverpool. The running of the household and the care of her younger siblings all fell to twelve-year old Helen. In slum surroundings and with little food or support from her feckless parents, Helen was forced on her own resources.

Told with compassion, humour and a remarkable lack of self-pity, this is a fascinating picture of life in Britain before the Welfare State and the moving story one young girl's courage.

Publisher: London : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2010.
Copyright Date: ?1974
ISBN: 9780007279784
Branch Call Number: 928.2 FOR
Characteristics: 405 pages ;,20 cm
Alternative Title: Liverpool Miss.


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Jan 10, 2019

Outstanding true story, I couldn't put it down. The personal fortitude Helen had to endure this upbringing is amazing.

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