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'Unputdownable!' Western Telegraph
'A sparkling bit of storytelling.' Evening Standard

From the Author

When I was asked to write a novel set in the second world war, the publishers (Orion) originally wanted it set in the East End of London, but I had just moved to Clapham and I asked if I could set the story there. I had already noticed the number of newish houses built into the old Victorian terraced streets - a sign of the relentless bombing, and I wanted to try to recreate the atmosphere of wartime Clapham as a kind of tribute to the 'ordinary' people who lived and died during through those eventful, traumatic years.
I wanted to show how local people were affected by events in the wider world, in particular how the old social structures changed and how women suddenly and unexpectedly found themselves facing new challenges and opportunities. But my overriding aim was to make the books engaging and fun to read and for that I needed lively, compelling characters.
One of the key characters in Lavender Road is Jen Carter who came to me after an interview with the wonderful actress and singer, Mary Morland, already well in her eighties, who had blazed a trail on the London variety stage all through the war and for many years afterwards too. I wanted Jen's fantasy of becoming an actress, as a means of escaping from the family she despises, to make a nice contrast with the desperate efforts of her careworn mother to keep food on the family table. In the end Joyce, Jen's mother, actually became one of my favourite characters, I so much enjoyed creating her tentative relationship with the 'rich' Mrs Rutherford in the large house overlooking the common, and best of all is when she finally gives the ghastly Stanley (her violent, feckless husband) his come-uppance - but you have to wait for Some Sunny Day for that ...

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  • Publication date : November 19, 2013
  • File size : 867 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 490 pages
  • Publisher : TSAP Books; 1st edition (November 19, 2013)
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B0066DLQGM
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 398 ratings

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Janette Hollingdale
4.0 out of 5 stars A story that has many twist & turns that keep you guessing.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 13, 2016
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous read - great characters through the entire series
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5.0 out of 5 stars An introduction to the residents of Lavender Road...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should carry a warning
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very realistic portrayal of life in wartime London.
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