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Twopence to Cross the Mersey

Twopence to Cross the Mersey

Author(s): Helen Forrester

Location(s): Liverpool

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs

Era(s): Pre WW2



Twopence To Cross The Mersey is the first volume of Helen Forrester’s autobiography. It describes how she and her family (her bankrupted father, her difficult mother and her six siblings) arrive in depression-ridden, pre-World-War-Two Liverpool, in the hope of a better life, only to be plunged into abject poverty. Helen has to stay at home to keep house for the family of nine, yet she is desperate to find a way of finishing her education. But every attempt is thwarted by her shiftless parents and brothers and sisters.

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