By Sally Worboyes
A vibrant East End saga from the author of DOWN STEPNEY WAY
It is 1959 and the Armstrong family - Jack, Laura and their daughter, Kay - are setting off on their annual hop-picking holiday. Far from the bustle of the Stepney, the Kent hop fields offer hard work but fresh clean air and lively social gatherings around the campfires.
Laura hopes to continue her seasonal love affair with the farm owner, Richard Wright, despite the presence of his wife and her husband; Kay, on the brink of womanhood, craves adventure and is thrown into turmoil by the handsome gypsy lad, Zacchi; and news is spreading of plans to mechanise the hop-picking, robbing the East Enders of their country idyll. As tensions grow between the cockneys and the local gypsies, it becomes clear that this summer will change lives for ever...
Sally Worboyes was born and grew up in Stepney with four brothers and a sister. She now lives in Norfolk with her husband and three children. She has written plays broadcast on Radio Four, East End sagas published by Headline, and has adapted her own play and novel, WILD HOPS, as a musical, THE HOP-PICKERS.
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03 May 2001
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Praise for WILD HOPS on the radio: 'Unbridled passions run riot' — Daily Mail
Sizzles with passion — Guardian
For the novel: 'It's a rich, vivid, three-dimensional, gutsy and sexy narrative which has you turning the pages into the early hours' — Eastern Daily Press
Here is a vivid evocation of a way of life — East Anglian Daily Times