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Portrait photograph of author Helen Walsh

Once Upon a Time in England
by Helen Walsh

Helen Walsh shot to fame in 2004 with her debut novel Brass, a sexually explicit coming of age story which established the young author as a major new literary talent. Once Upon a Time in England is written with fearless honesty and compassion, offering an unforgettable and unforgiving portrait of the world in which we live.

On the coldest night of 1975, a young man with shock-red hair tears though the snowbound streets of Warrington's toughest housing estate. He is Robbie Fitzgerald, and he is running for his life - and that of his young family.

In his heart, Robbie knows the odds are stacked against them. In this unbending Northern town, he has married the beautiful brown nurse who once stitched up his wounds. Susheela is his Tamil Princess, but in the real world, the Fitzgeralds have to face up to racism and poverty. Robbie has seen a way out, and he's sprinting to his date with destiny...

Helen Walsh plunges us into the lives and loves of the young, doomed Fitzgerald family. She shows herself to be a brilliant chronicler of our people and our times. And in the Fitzgeralds, she has created a family who will stay in your heart, long after the final page.

The author

Helen Walsh was born in Warrington, England, in 1977. Her first novel, Brass, was published in 2004 and was the winner of a Betty Trask Prize. She now lives in Liverpool.

'The kind of book whose events you find yourself repeating to friends.'
The Guardian

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Things Your Mother Never Told You
by Olivia Lichenstein

'I hate you. When I'm a mother, I'm never going to be like you...'

These words come back to haunt Ros, years later. As her marriage of twenty years collapses and her beloved twin sons prepare to flee the nest, Ros's world is tilting on its axis. It doesn't help that her dead mother seems to have taken up residence in her head, reminding her of things she once said.

As Ros tries to adapt to sharing custody of the family dog and life without her husband and boys in the house, she embarks on a new regime to stay sane: yoga, herbal remedies, internet dating. But as Ros is trying to find herself, the arrival of a memoir her mother wrote begins to reveal a woman she never knew, taking her on a journey into her mother's past that will change forever her idea of who she is.

A sharp, funny and touching novel about the secrets mothers and daughters keep from each other.

The author

Olivia Lichenstein is a BAFTA award-winning film-maker. She was formerly the Editor of BBC's Inside Story programme, and has directed and produced many other well known TV dramas, such as Holby City and The Bill. She is currently a freelance journalist and writes regularly for the Daily Mail.

'A witty, fluent writer, Lichtenstein deftly moves between mother and daughter, Cape Town and Shepherds Bush. This of-the-moment comedy puts the world to rights in the way good popular fiction can.'
The Independent

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