Liverpool Miss

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HarperCollins Publishers, Dec 20, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages

The second volume of Helen Forrester’s powerful, painful and ultimately uplifting four-volume autobiography of her poverty-stricken childhood in Liverpool during the 1930s.

The Forrester family are slowly winning their fight for survival. But life remains extremely tough for fourteen-year-old Helen. Along with caring for her younger siblings and suffering terrible hardships she is also battling with her parents to persuade them to allow her to earn her own living. Helen is desperate to lead her own life after the years of neglect and inadequate schooling.

Written with an unflinching eye, Helen’s account of her continuing struggles against severe malnutrition and dirt (she has her first bath in four years) and, above all, the selfish demands of her parents, is deeply shocking. But Helen’s fortitude and her ability to find humour in the most harrowing of situations make this make this a story of amazing courage and perseverance.

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User Review  - prudencegoodwife - LibraryThing

I found Minerva's Stepchild quite by accident while on a recent vacation. It was from a "take one-leave one" lending library. The title intrigued me and the author, Helen Forrester, was new to me ... Read full review

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User Review  - SueinCyprus - LibraryThing

Sequel to 'Twopence to Cross the Mersey'. Continued autobiographical account of a family in extreme poverty in the 1930s in Liverpool. Helen is now in her mid-teens, starts work and attends evening classes. Very well-written and interesting. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Helen Forrester was born in Hoylake, Cheshire, the eldest of seven children. For many years, until she married, her home was Liverpool, a city that features prominently in her work. For many decades, she made her home with her husband and son in Alberta, Canada. Helen died in 2011 aged 92.

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