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By the Waters of Liverpool [Kindle Edition]

Helen Forrester
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'A fascinating autobiography which has also gained a new topicality! highly gripping and entertaining' Birmingham Post '!should be long and widely read as an extraordinary human story and social document' Observer

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The third best-selling volume in the powerful story of Helen Forrester’s childhood and adolescence in poverty-stricken Liverpool during the 1930s.

Helen has managed to achieve a small measure of independence. At seventeen, she has fought and won two bitter battles with her parents, the first for the right to educate herself at evening classes, the second for the right to go out to work.

Though her parents are still as financially irresponsible as ever, wasting money while their children lack blankets, let alone proper beds, for Helen the future is brightening. She begins to make friends her own age and to develop some social life outside the home, At twenty, still never knowing the loving kiss of a man, Helen meets Harry, a strong, tall seaman, and things finally start to fall into place…


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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Metamorphosis by the Mersey 2 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
During the summer of 1983, avid readers of "Twopence to Cross the Mersey" and "Minerva's Stepchild" queued in the bookshops of Liverpool and Birkenhead, eager to purchase a copy of "By the Waters of Liverpool" signed by the author whose visit to North West England coincided with the publication of the paperback edition. If you have enjoyed earlier volumes of Helen Forrester's autobiography you will be just as impatient to buy this next installment as were readers from her native Wirral twenty years ago.
At the beginning of "By the Waters of Liverpool", we meet Helen as a 'gaunt smelly beanpole' of almost eighteen, earning a meagre ten shillings per week as a clerk for a charitable organization, and studying commercial subjects along with French and German at night school. The author takes us back to that dark, dank day when a bankrupt 'Father' and desperately ill 'Mother' arrived at Lime Street Station with their seven children-and nothing else. Readers familiar with the story will probably find this recapitulation far too long-winded, but it is essential if new readers are to understand how an earnest child of twelve developed into that 'gaunt smelly beanpole', a vile covering for a sensitive young woman. The theme of the book is Helen's metamorphosis, the gradual splitting of the 'beanpole' to reveal a being 'afloat on happiness' on the banks of the Mersey. It is a flood tide of stories, containing much more than can be put across in a review. Remember, though, that metamorphoses almost always involve searing pain. Throughout the book, you will see the 'gaunt smelly beanpole' tossed about like flotsam drifting on the Mersey, wrenched apart, damaged by the hardness, the sharpness of others, but sometimes treasured.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By the waters of liverpool 5 Feb 2003
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Format:Paperback
Having read this biography as a young teenager it never fails to amaze me how accuratly the autor remembers her young self and all the teenage angst she endured.
The trials she came through are nothing short of a miracle, she endured a horrific early life but she never swaps her sense of humour for self pity.
As she vividly guides you through her past you can't help feel admiration for the strength of character she displayed, and for the honesty she descibes her own short comings.
My only negative criticism I have is that after "Lime Street At Two", there is no futher book in print to continue this remarkable life.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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An inspiring, and simply graphic autobiographical account of courage and determination against the backdrop of the 1930's depression in Liverpool. Helen Forrester, fights against starvation, poverty, psychological and physical torment. Her story is told in 4 sequels, this book being the third. It will leave you with a compulsion to find out what happens next.
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Helen Forrester definitely worth reading. Gripping true story of life of the poor in Liverpool during the depression.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smashing read 10 July 2014
By Sherry
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Could not put it down I did not want it to end.I have read Liverpool Miss now I want more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love her books, loved this one.... 8 Jun 2014
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Great book, set in Liverpool and I know where the places are as am Liverpool born myself. One great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Touching 3 April 2014
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a thoughtful portrayal of life in the 1930s. Skilfully written to maintain interest throughout. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys autobiography and social history.
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4.0 out of 5 stars By the Waters of Liverpool 10 Mar 2014
By jennym
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By the waters of liverpool is an excellent story by Helen Forrester. a second hand book that was practically new was a really good read.
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