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Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts [Paperback]

Mary Gibson
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Book Description

8 May 2014

Heartwarming and gritty, the story of a factory girl in Bermondsey through World War 1.

They call them custard tarts - the girls who work at the Pearce Duff custard and jelly factory. But now the custard tarts are up in arms, striking for better conditions. Among them is Nellie Clark, trying to hold her family together after the death of her mother. She has the most desperate struggle to make ends meet, often going hungry to feed her little brothers.

Two men vie for Nellie's love. One is flamboyant, confident and a chancer. The other is steady, truthful and loyal. But the choice is not as easy as it might seem.

Looming over them all - over Bermondsey, over the factory, over the custard tarts and their lives and loves - is the shadow of the First World War. And that will change everything and everyone.


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (8 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781855765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781855768
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (417 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Mary Gibson is going to go a long way ... a really good read' Dee Williams.

'A cracking tale full of warmth and history' Bella magazine.

'A fabulous, fascinating read' Vanessa Feltz.

'There were parts that tugged unrelentingly at my heartstrings and parts that left me wanting to jump for joy ... A real triumph' Novelicious.

'I simply couldn't put it down' Bookbag.

'A lovely read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction, family saga or romance ... if she continues to write to this standard she could well become a household name' Left on the Shelf.

About the Author

Mary Gibson was born and brought up in Bermondsey, where both her grandmother and great aunt worked in the Pearce Duff factory.


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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts 6 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I highly recommend this book, it is a good read and brings back memories as I was brought up in Bermondsey and know the area very well.
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An very enjoyable read 6 Dec 2013
By Kimbles
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I picked this book because of its title; the play on the name tarts and it was a great choice. Nellie works at a custard factory (I was smelling vanilla custard for days after) and along with the other women work extreme hours, are paid less than men and carry the guilt of not being there for their children. Ring any bells? Those women's struggles are still with us. This story has far reaching resonance- that anyone can identify with today. But Nellie is a remarkable character, just barely out of childhood herself, taking care of her brothers and sisters, her father too. She is vulnerable, complicated and yet has a steely inner strength. What she risks with the strike made me proud to know her, be in her world for a while. From the moment I met her, I was drawn in and couldn't put the book down. The author writes in a easy languid style like drifting down a smooth flowing and bending river that just takes you with it but don't be fooled, there are some heart stopping moments, crashing over waterfalls, that leave you breathless. Buy it.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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Now let me start by saying that I don't usually read the saga genre. But I picked this up on a personal and very enthusiastic recommendation and I have I was not disappointed. The writing itself is at an amazing standard, smooth and as rich as honey and cream. And unlike meny of its ilk, that admittedly that I olny skim read while waiting for trains over the years, in 'Custard Tarts' it is not only the characters and their personal struggles that are given emotional weight and detail. But the world they live in is a living and breathing thing. The author has clearly research but she treats it with a rare lightness of touch, so that most of the time the reader doesn't even notice it going into their heads, so skillfully deos MARY GIBSON weave her all elements together. If anyone has read this far go and get this book! After all at the kidle price what have you got to lose. It is pennys for sheer quality! I will definitely be keeping a chose eye one Mary Gibson in the future. And buying the hardback for more than a couple of the technophobes in my family when it comes out, I hope it is very soon. A*
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Club 10/10 9 Dec 2013
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A great debut novel. Well written with fabulous characters and a griping story. A real page turner. All ten members of my book club loved it and that is a very rare thing indeed!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating page turner! 8 Dec 2013
By Joanne
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The Author has set the seen of the factory women's struggle for equality in Bermondsey so well you feel as if you are fighting alongside them. The twists and turns of the friendship, love and family keep you gripped throughout. The Characters are engaging and soon feel like old friends. A real insight into London during the first world war, a great story!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 11 Dec 2013
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A great read delivered to my kindle. I would recommend this author to anyone who likes a spellbinding book. Great
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Bermondsey Story 8 Dec 2013
By Dan
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A great story set in the heart of Bermondsey. As I was born and bread in this area of London the Author literally transported me back in time and I was able to visualize Bermondsey how it was back in the early 1900's during WW1. It gives a true sense of how the people lived, worked and the successful story behind the Factory strikes during this era. With great characters and descriptive scene settings this is a must read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An easy read 13 April 2014
By Bunny
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An easy and enlightening read for those of use who weren't around at the turn of the 20th century. In the shadow of the coming 1st World War this novel depicts life as it was then when conditions were hard, pay terrible and working hours long. The experiences of her Grandmother and Great Aunt who both worked at the Pearce Duff factory have been used by the Author very effectively.
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