Once Upon a Time in England

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Canongate, 2008 - Fiction - 359 pages
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On the coldest night of 1975, Robbie Fitzgerald is late, sprinting through the snowy streets of a working-class British town. With a Van Morrison meets Robert Johnson singing voice, the young crooner is on the verge of his big break--the legendary producer Dickie Vaughn is going to be in the house for his show. Both his own dreams and those of his young family are on the line, while on the other side of town, in a rough neighborhood, his son and young wife, Susheela, wait for him, which is all too often the case. And when Susheela falls victim to an outrageous bias crime, the balance of the lives of all four Fitzgeralds--Susheela, Robbie, their son, Vincent, and unborn daughter, Ellie, will reverberate with this snowy night’s incident.

Over thirteen years of struggle, aspiration, achievement, misunderstandings, near misses, and compromised or lost dreams, Helen Walsh plunges us into the lives and loves, indeed the fabric, of the Fitzgeralds. An absorbing story of the awkwardness of youth and the necessary acceptance and maturity that comes with age, Walsh has created a wondrous family saga that will remain with you long after the final page.

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Review: Once Upon a Time in England. Helen Walsh

User Review  - Krenna Edmonds - Goodreads

All you 80's lovers read this book. It touched me on so many levels. Ms Walsh must have thought up the ending to this one before the beginning and I was kind of prepared for it... but I never saw ... Read full review

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User Review  - Carol - Goodreads

I do enjoy 'State of the Nation' fiction; and did find this a powerful evocation of life in working class Warrington in the 1970s/80s. All life is here: love, music, mixed race marriage, racial ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Helen Walsh is a publisher, producer and writer. Walsh is the Publisher of the Literary Review of Canada, Canadaa€(TM)s award-winning national monthly magazine of ideas. She is also the President of Diaspora Dialogues Charitable Society, an arts organization that supports the creation of new fiction, poetry and drama by culturally diverse writers through publishing/mentoring programs, multidisciplinary arts festivals, and special projects. In her volunteer life, Walsh is President of the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs, serves on the editorial board of the University of Torontoa€(TM)s Idea&s magazine, and is involved with Abbeyfield Houses Society and Food Share.

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