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Lena Kennedy



Lena Kennedy lived all her life in the East End of London and wrote with great energy about the people and times she knew there. She was 67 before her first novel, MAGGIE, was accepted for publication. Since then her bestselling novels have shown her to be among the finest and best loved of contemporary novelists. She died in August 1986
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The Last of the Shackdwellers

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The evocative, illuminating autobiography of one of Britain's best-loved novelists.Lena Kennedy was sixty-four before her first novel, MAGGIE, was accepted, and it was among the shackdwelling community of the woods that she began to realise her growing need to express her feelings through writing. THE LAST OF THE SHACKDWELLERS examines the inspirations for each of her novels, such as the bestsellers EVE`S APPLES and LILY, MY LOVELY. Lena also vividly describes the long search for a publisher, her joy at finding success and her road to fame.'Absolutely fascinating' - 5-STAR reader review

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Kate of Clyve Shore

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Lizzie

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Queenie's Castle

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Ivy of the Angel

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Owen Oliver

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A turbulent tale of a young man's growth from innocence to maturity in the harsh world of Victorian England.In the teeming heart of nineteenth-century London, Owen Oliver walks out of his gloomy, unwelcoming lodgings and doesn't stop his travels until he reaches Kent.There, Owen's life is dramatically altered. An orphan, he is adopted by a loving old lady and her roguish amicable son, Tom. With Tom's help, he secures employment in the shipping agency of an old sea captain and his fortunes start to increase.But Owen is not content. All around him he sees a widening gap between the comfortable middle classes and the helpless destitution of the poor. He is horrified by the plight of the thin and hungry and the evils of child labour.So when he takes the matter into his own hands and rescues a beautiful ragged child with haunting blue eyes and long golden hair, his fate is sealed . . .***************What readers are saying about OWEN OLIVER'This book kept me enthralled' - 5 STARS'Excellent' - 5 STARS'A lovely story' - 5 STARS'Sad and funny . . . hard to put down' - 5 STARS'Brilliant' - 5 STARS

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The Inn On The Marsh

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Time alone would heal the sorrows of Hollinbury, bright dreams banish the old unhappy ghosts . . .The Malted Shovel, exuberant heart and soul of Hollinbury Hamlet, buzzed with talk while the ale flowed. Talk of Dumb Lukey's crazed acts and the romance between Lucinda and Joe Lee, the Thames bargee. Talk of the Crimea and the terror of Napoleon.At the tavern, hard-headed Beatrice and her sister Dot care for their invalid father and for Lucinda, their pretty orphaned niece. The inn is their livelihood but village business is ever Beatrice's business too. And now some dark cloud has descended on them all . . .****************What readers are saying about THE INN ON THE MARSH'Fantastic read' - 5 STARS'A page-turner all the way through' - 5 STARS'Brilliant!! I loved it' - 5 STARS'Kept me hooked - I couldn't put it down' - 5 STARS'I loved this book and didn't want it to end'

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Lily, My Lovely

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Lady Penelope

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The Dandelion Seed

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Down Our Street

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Susan

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She thought she'd escaped her past . . .Susan is a London slum child. Constricted by the rigid rules of the East End orphanage she is brought up in, she escapes to dazzling streets of Soho where she is adopted by a group of prostitutes. Soon enough, she too is earning her living 'on the game'.When Billy 'Apples' Rafferty, a Cockney villain with a heart of gold, becomes her protector, Sue swears to give up her racy life. But when Billy is sent to prison, she soon breaks her promise and her earthy beauty makes her one of Soho's most popular hostesses.When a lucky encounter secures Susan a respectable job as a manageress of a small hotel in Devon, things finally seem to be going her way. But then her past catches up with her . . .****************What readers are saying about SUSAN'This book has everything . . . Thank you, Lena Kennedy, for a great read' - 5 STARS'I could not put it down, it was such a good read!' - 5 STARS'Great as always' - 5 STARS'Lena Kennedy at her best' - 5 STARS'Loved it from start to finish' - 5 STARS

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Nelly Kelly

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Life never turns out the way you plan . . .In the turmoil and confusion of London's East End between the wars, young Nelly Kelly soon learns that life may never match her expectations. Forced to keep house for her charming yet autocratic, father, Nelly toils in a sweatshop to keep her family clothed and fed.But though life is hard, Nelly still has friendship, dancing and her early dreams to cling to. Dreams that slowly crumble as marriage, the war and a lost baby are followed by the heartache of a lost love.Fortune may crush her proud spirit but when faced with a crisis that will test her courage to the limit, no tragedy can change Nelly Kelly's determination to be her own woman.*****************What readers are saying about NELLY KELLY'Unputdownable' - 5 STARS'A gripping story' - 5 STARS'What a great book' - 5 STARS'Another of Lena Kennedy's books that had be engrossed from the start' - 5 STARS'Could not put it down' - 5 STARS

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Autumn Alley

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Autumn Alley: where the East End's most fascinating call their home . . .Here you'll find Maud, the formidable Irish-American suffragette; sulky Patricia, whose unhappy childhood leads her to a dangerous love affair; vivacious, flame-haired Colleen; Mary, who struggles alongside her wayward husband to bring up children - and Arfer, whose quick mind lifts him out of the world of poverty in London's East End.*************What readers are saying about AUTUMN ALLEY'Wow!!' - 5 STARS'Couldn't put it down' - 5 STARS'Such a skilled storyteller' - 5 STARS'The story captivated me' - 5 STARS'I enjoyed it so much' - 5 STARS

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Maggie

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