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Love and Life

Five Tales of Triumph and Tragedy
An omnibus of novels by

Annie Murray's Birmingham Rose - Life is bleak for Rose Lucas, a spirited, intelligent girl, born into a large family in the slums of pre-war Birmingham. But her friendship with Diana, daughter of a vicar from middle-class Moseley, gives her hope. She learns to aspire to a different kind of existence, vowing never to become a child-bearing drudge like her mother. Life, however, never follows the way of dreams. After a childhood marked by tragedy, Rose eventually finds and loses the love for which she has striven so hard. From Italy, where she has travelled during the Second World War, she is forced to return to Birmingham and an unhappy marriage, her hopes and illusions shattered. But Rose will not be defeated and she, too, is determined to rise once again above the devastation of her life . . . Jenny Oldfield's All Fall Down - Features the residents of Paradise Court coping once more in the Blitz. The Duke of Wellington remains open amidst the bombings and Tommy struggles to hide a forbidden love. Sadie and Walter try to adjust as they send their sons away on the evacuees' train, and Meggie falls in love. Margaret Dickinson's Pauper's Gold - Hannah Francis has been forced to leave her beloved mother and the life she knows in the silk mill town of Macclesfield and is set to become an apprentice at a cotton mill in the Derbyshire dales. It is a cruel blow for such a young girl, but her three travelling companions are even younger than she is, and Hannah is determined to keep their spirits up and remain in good cheer. Once she is settled in the mill, Hannah discovers that the hours of work are long, and the daily routine is dangerous, arduous and harsh, but her bright singing and capacity for joy lighten the load for everyone. Hannah soon becomes a favourite with the other mill workers. Friendships are forged and an innocent love starts to blossom. But can such a fragile love survive cruel reality?

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2011 : UK Paperback

Title: Love and Life: Five Tales of Triumph and Tragedy [Includes Birmingham Rose, All Fall Down, Pauper's Gold, The River Girl and In Secret Sin.]
ISBN: 0-330-45707-1 / 978-0-330-45707-1 (UK edition)
Availability: Amazon UK