Over Bethnal Green
By Sally Worboyes
A heartbreaking wartime saga from Sally Worboyes, author of Down Stepney Way and At the Mile End Gate.
In the East End, war brings gas masks and the terrifying prospect of air raids . . .
Jessie Warner has married Tom Smith and their baby is almost due. Settling down into their new home in Bethnal Green, Jessie looks forward to her new life - even though Tom is continually getting into mischief that borders on the downright criminal.
But then the grim outside world intrudes. When war begins and Tom is called up almost at once, Jessie is left to cope with the baby alone. Jessie's twin, Hannah, has been recruited to help at Bletchley Park and, immersed in her work decoding German messages, has no idea of Jessie's desperation.
But things are about to get worse. When Tom does a runner and goes AWOL, Jessie will be left in a dire situation . . .
Sally Worboyes was born and grew up in Stepney with four brothers and a sister, and she brings some of the raw history of her own family background to her East End sagas. She now lives in Norfolk with her husband, with whom she has three grown-up children. She has written several plays which have been broadcast on Anglia Television and Radio Four. She also adapted her own play and novel, WILD HOPS, as a musical, The Hop Pickers.
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04 May 2017
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Hodder & Stoughton
Sizzles with passion — Guardian on WILD HOPS
A rich, vivid, three-dimensional, gutsy and sexy narrative which has you turning the pages into the early hours — Eastern Daily Press on WILD HOPS
Unbridled passions run riot — Daily Mail
She brings the East End to life — Barbara Windsor