Where Sparrows Nest
By Sally Worboyes
Sally Worboyes's new saga is set in the Docklands and is the story of a woman whose husband failed to come home from the Second World War.
In 1952 Eastenders are leaving their war-damaged homes and being settled into new places by the river - a new estate, with the luxury of electricity, hot water, gas cookers and proper bathrooms. Into the estate moves Edie Brown, a young war widow with a thirteen-year-old daughter, who works as a machinist in a clothing factory to eke out her small war pension.
During one lunch break at the factory Edie discovers from a friend that her husband's cousin is coming from Turkey to stay with her until he finds a room to rent. He is coming from a small village in Kara - the very mention of which makes Edie's blood run cold. Kara was where her husband's boat crashed against the mountainous shoreline while searching for a missing British plane. All those aboard were listed as missing and presumed dead, drowned at sea.
But the Turkish cousin will have a different story to tell...
Sally Worboyes was born and grew up in Stepney. She has written plays broadcast on Radio Four, and adapted her own play and novel, WILD HOPS, as a musical, THE HOP-PICKERS.
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01 Mar 2004
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Praise for Sally Worboyes:
A vivid evocation of a way of life — East Anglian Daily Times
She brings the East End to life — Barbara Windsor
Unbridled passions run riot — Daily Mail
Sizzles with passion — Guardian
A rich, vivid, three-dimensional and gutsy narrative which has you turning the pages into the early hours — Eastern Daily Press