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Our Mary Ann

(2003)
(The fourth book in the Kershaw sisters series)
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Life in 1905 is hard for Mary Ann. It rapidly becomes worse when her new stepfather begins to abuse her. Sent away at 15 to bear his child, she meets Gabriel Clough who helps her escape to Blackpool after the birth. It is not until her mother dies that Mary Ann returns to uncover the secrets of her past.

From the Author
I didn't realise when I began writing the first Kershaw Sisters tale - on a plane going to England - that I was starting a series of four books that would take me into the UK bestseller charts for the first time. Nor did I realise how fascinated I'd become by the women's side of World War I.

So many novels have been written about the part men played and the war itself, but far fewer have focused on the home front and the part women played - not to mention the way the war opened up new horizons for women.

The names of the four sisters come from my own family. My grandmother was born the same year as Lizzie, so as I wrote, I tied the story in to what she and my mother had told me about her life. She was one of 12 children and I think my great-grandmother must have been a remarkable woman to manage them so well.

Mary Ann is the oldest sister, illegitimate and doesn't even know she's a Kershaw any more than they know about her - yet. After a difficult childhood she grows into a strong woman, who makes a success of life, whether it's managing a tea shop, working as a stewardess on a ship bringing Belgian refugees back to England, or serving as one of Lady Bingram's Aides. The latter was a group of young women gathered by her ladyship to be used in a voluntary capacity to assist the government in whatever it needed, whether driving officers round London, or running a club for servicemen.

Incidentally, this is not only one of my own favourite tales, but my daughter's favourite among my books and she was 'blown away' by what it taught her about women and the Great War. So was I! Their efforts were, I feel, undervalued afterwards.

But this isn't a history lesson, it's a powerful story of a courageous young woman making something from what might have been a disastrous life.

I loved writing it!

Genre: Sagas

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Hardback Editions

September 2003 : UK Hardback
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Title: Our Mary Ann (The Kershaw Sisters seri)
Author(s): Anna Jacobs
ISBN: 0-340-82133-7 / 978-0-340-82133-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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October 2003 : UK Hardback
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Title: Our Mary Ann (Windsor Selection S.)
Author(s): Anna Jacobs
ISBN: 0-7540-8677-1 / 978-0-7540-8677-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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Paperback Editions

January 1900 : UK Paperback
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Title: Our Mary Ann
Author(s): Anna Jacobs
ISBN: 1-4447-0671-3 / 978-1-4447-0671-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Hb
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February 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: Our Mary Ann (The Kershaw Sisters series)
Author(s): Anna Jacobs
ISBN: 0-340-82134-5 / 978-0-340-82134-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
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July 2004 : UK Paperback

Title: Our Mary Ann
Author(s): Anna Jacobs
ISBN: 0-7540-9345-X / 978-0-7540-9345-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Paragon
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Audio Editions

September 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Our Mary Ann: Kershaw Sisters, Book 4
Author(s): Anna Jacobs
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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September 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Our Mary Ann: Kershaw Sisters, Book 4
Author(s): Anna Jacobs
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon AU   


September 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Our Mary Ann: Kershaw Sisters, Book 4
Author(s): Anna Jacobs
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon CA   


September 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Our Mary Ann: Kershaw Sisters, Book 4
Author(s): Anna Jacobs
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK   


April 2004 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: Our Mary Ann
Author(s): Anna Jacobs
ISBN: 1-84283-672-2 / 978-1-84283-672-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Ltd
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April 2004 : UK Audio CD

Title: Our Mary Ann
Author(s): Anna Jacobs
ISBN: 1-84283-866-0 / 978-1-84283-866-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Ltd
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Kindle Editions

October 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Our Mary Ann: The Kershaw Sisters, Book 4
Author(s): Anna Jacobs
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
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October 2010 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Our Mary Ann: The Kershaw Sisters, Book 4 (Kershaw Sister Series)
Author(s): Anna Jacobs
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU