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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (4 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006364942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006364948
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 1.9 x 10.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Liverpool Miss:

‘Records of hardship during the Thirties or earlier are not rare; but this has features that make it stand apart’
Observer

‘The story of a young girl’s courage and perseverance against adversity… warm-hearted and excellent’
Manchester Evening News

About the Author

Helen Forrester was born in Hoylake, Cheshire, the eldest of seven children. For many years, until she married, her home was Liverpool, a city that features prominently in her work. For many decades, she made her home with her husband and son in Alberta, Canada. Helen died in 2011 aged 92.


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Mar. 2006
Format: Paperback
It is one of the few books I have which I have read over and over again over the last 13 years. I use this book (and the other autobiographies she has written)when I am feeling low as a pick me up. It makes me feel that no matter how bad things are, if Helen and her family can get through what they experienced I should be able to get through anything!
It is extremely well written, descriptive but not excessively so keeping my interest throughout the book. The characters are conveyed very clearly, and her experiences are very vividly written, the lack of soap, bug bites and lack of food and warmth makes you realise how lucky you are!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By hewer29@lineone.net on 27 Jun. 2000
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Fantastic. How this girl lived through all this is amazing, I know that I would have collapsed and died. There was not one book out of the four making the Autobiography that I didn't cry with her.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joan Giblin on 27 Dec. 2012
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This is a brilliant follow up to Twopence to cross the Mersey. The dreadful circumstances in which these people live seems almost unbelievable. The seemingly impossible recovery of ordinary life just goes on and on with no relief.The sheer awfulness just keeps you turning the page. And then you realise it is a true story.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jan. 2000
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When I am feeling miserable and sorry for myself - having to work full time, not always having the money to go out or buy the latest fashions - I read any of Helens novels detailing the grinding poverty, desperate loneliness and family home devoid of any warmth or love and I realise how truly lucky I am. Her books should be compulsory reading in schools in the developed world to show todays children how fortunate they are in every way and how easy life is and will continue to be for them. The sad fact is that without memoirs such as this, we would not know the full extent of peoples suffering during the depression - it is almost as if our society is ashamed of the memory. Very sad indeed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 April 2005
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The Forrester family are slowly winning their fight for survival. But 14 year old Helen's personal battle is to persuade her parents to allow her to earn her own living, to lead her own life after years of neglect and inadequate schooling while she cared for her six younger brothers and sisters. Her untiring struggles against illness caused by severe malnutrition and dirt (she has her first bath in 4 years), and above all the selfish demands of her parents, make this story of amazing courage and perseverance both heartbreaking and inspiring
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ann Davies on 31 Dec. 2012
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Excellent story portraying her life growing up in Liverpool during the war and after. Describes the Liverpool areas perfectly and very well written. Would recommend to everyone, not just war fans, Liverpool fans or history fans!
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Following on from the first novel, Helen is still stuck in poverty and when a job opportunity comes up for Helen, she must fight for her independence with her mother. Helen is determined to go out to work and to improve her lifestyle, only to find her life made harder by her family circumstances and illness brought on by living in poverty.

Set in the 1930's Depression, Helen Forrester writes her own true life account of growing up poverty-stricken in Liverpool. Following on from the first novel Twopence to Cross the Mersey, this is a very moving and heart told story. You really do feel for Helen and all she has got to go through, it is a quite remarkable story, well worth the read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 April 2005
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The Forrester family are slowly winning their fight for survival. But 14 year old Helen's personal battle is to persuade her parents to allow her to earn her own living, to lead her own life after years of neglect and inadequate schooling while she cared for her six younger brothers and sisters. Her untiring struggles against illness caused by severe malnutrition and dirt (she has her first bath in 4 years), and above all the selfish demands of her parents, make this story of amazing courage and perseverance both heartbreaking and inspiring.
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