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The Four Streets [Kindle Edition]

Nadine Dorries
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,145 customer reviews)

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'The characters are engaging, the streets scenes cinematic and the theme of the novel - abuse, both sexual and domestic - powerful' The Times. 'A heartbreaking tale' The Liverpool Echo. 'Believable and touching' Bedfordshire Today. 'Angela's Ashes with a scouse accent' Irish Times. 'A vigorous and vibrant story ... As fast-paced as it is entertaining. An addictive novel to be devoured in one sitting' Sunday Express. 'I couldn't put it down' Cristina Odone.

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1950s Liverpool. In the tight-knit Irish Catholic community of the Four Streets, two girls are growing up.

One is motherless - and hated by the cold woman who is determined to take her dead mother's place. The other is hiding a dreadful secret which she dare not let slip to anyone, lest it rips the heart out of the community.

What can the people of the Four Streets do when a betrayal at the very heart of their world comes to light?

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1030 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (8 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FD3NK4M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My books are set in the midst of an Irish community in the 1950's and 60's. THE FOUR STREETS, is the first of three and the story begins in Liverpool with the second book in the trilogy, HIDE HER NAME, moving across to the west coast of Ireland. Number three, THE BALLYMARA ROAD, is where we leave the story of Kitty. The books are described equally often as 'funny' and 'dark.' There's a murder, a ghost (unconnected) and lots of love and laughs. I hope that what the trilogy achieves is a fictional depiction of life as it was for a poor Irish community during that time, good and bad. RUN TO HIM, is my 'one day novella' (I claim ownership of that genre description here and now!) for those who want something slightly shorter.
I began writing when my youngest child left home for university and I was left with an empty nest. As a result, I would encourage anyone who has always wondered if they could write, to have a go. You just never know what may happen. It doesn't matter how many hours a week you work, everyone needs downtime. For me, it has led to a deep contentment and happiness that has helped me to fulfil so many other roles in my life and, without doubt, I am a better person as a result of the enjoyment I derive from writing in my spare time.
I live between Westminster and Bedfordshire with my vet partner Chris. I have three wonderful daughters and two beautiful dogs.
I claim no Parliamentary expenses and use my MP salary and earnings from writing to subsidise my public role as an MP.

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155 of 161 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling read 23 April 2014
By PLP
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I had to give this book 5 stars based on the fact that I couldn't put it down. Based on an Irish community in the Docks of Liverpool this book is realistic, humorous & emotional. The characters are so well written that I was genuinely touched whenever anything good or bad happened to one of them. I expected a light hearted tale of Liverpool folk & it was slightly darker than that which surprised me, but then also inspired some respect because it tackles some difficult and real issues of the time
Being really honest, I saw Nadines' tweet that the book was cheap on Amazon & (terribly) because she's an MP I didn't expect much - how wrong I was, I loved this book & can't wait for the next one. I would definitely recommend this - she's wasted as an MP, excellent author.
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read 30 April 2014
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I enjoyed this book. It's the story of a Liverpool docker and his family, and of the community in which they live – predominantly of Irish extraction, with roots and extended family over the water. Before I had read very much I knew I would want to finish it, which to me is the acid test of a novel.

Aware of Ms Dorries as a distinctly non-posh Tory MP unafraid of speaking out, I was curious as to what sort of novel she might write. When a Telegraph reviewer described it as the worst novel he had ever read I wondered whether that was a strictly objective judgement and wanted to see for myself. Well, it certainly isn't the worst novel I've ever read.

It's not hard to find fault with a first novel: I thought a couple of Ms Dorries' plot devices were a touch simplistic and her characters sometimes go from elation to gloom and despondency without much in between. Against that, however, she writes fluently (or her editor does) and she doesn't over-write: she does enough, but leaves some of the work to the reader's imagination, which is how I like it.

Ms Dorries creates believable characters: some you love, some you don't. I engaged with the characters and their world from the outset, enjoyed their stories and wanted to know what happened to them. I still do: I am looking forward to the sequel.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 29 May 2014
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This is a superb book, it gripped me right from page one. At the end of each chapter you want to carry on reading. A real page turner. Its a love story, its a suspense story really keeps you on the edge of your seat in parts .I am on the last chapter cannot wait to go to bed tonight!!!!! I kept it for tonight because I was getting so tired reading last night ,I wanted to enjoy the ending.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Four Streets 7 May 2014
By nicola
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Fantastic read that will keep you gripped from start to finish. Well done Nadine Dorries. Wasted in politics, keep writing please.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Follow up 7 May 2014
By Chris
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Hope there is a follow up as I want to know how Kitty and the rest gets on... Finished to soon..
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78 of 89 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars REVISITING THE 1950's 21 April 2014
By Gloria
Format:Hardcover
I received a copy of ‘The Four Streets’ via Goodreads – First Reads and Head of Zeus, publishing.

I would like to express that I hold no particular political opinion and I have never viewed ‘I’m a Celebrity – Get Me Out of Here’. I had no prior knowledge about the author. My knowledge of the author was gained after I read the book and as I went in search of other reviews, wishing to compare my views of the book with others.
It was in so doing that I came across a large number of 5* review ratings and had started to question my judgement. I acknowledge opinions differ and as a relative of mine used to say “Different Strokes for Different Folks!” however I couldn’t help thinking, had I read the same book? Quotes such as “unable to put down”, “brilliant from start to finish”, “if this isn’t a best seller I’ll eat my hat” and “riveting read” to name but a few. Alas I do not share these views.

This type of book is usually my genre of choice – I am a child of the 1950’s and raised in a Roman Catholic household.

The story was slow to start, I was initially ‘put off’ by the first sentence which reminded me of a line from a song, which kept ruminating in my head. The plot gradually improved, however the majority of the characters were not particularly endearing. In my opinion the book lacked depth and was not well constructed.

In the books’ defence the author depicts life of the struggling working classes in the 1950’s very well and a number of emotive issues are covered. I will not go into further details fearing I may spoil the reading experience.

For me a good book is one that takes me to another place in which I am totally absorbed – ‘The Four Street’ did not do that for me.

This review honestly reflects my opinion on this book.

I understand that there is to be a ‘follow up’ book – well needless to say I will not be returning to these streets!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very gripping 12 May 2014
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Well deserved 5 stars.. brilliant storyline kept me wanting more wanting to know what happens next seemed like real life
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 1st book 11 May 2014
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Love this type of book and only got it after reading the reviews I can't wait to find out what happens to kitty and the rest if the four streets residents hurry up and release it I literally could not put this book down
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 day ago by bill
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad book, but a bit dark
Not a bad book, but a bit dark. Certainly not one to cheer you up, perhaps Nadine had better stick to being an M.P. or even going back to nursing. Read more
Published 1 day ago by mbknees
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting
This book really pulled me into the four streets of the title. I was totally immersed in the life of the Irish Catholic immigrants and didn't want to put it down. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Mags Cummings
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Excellent read. Full of characters you can associate with and start to feel you know them.
This book is the first I have of Nadine Dorries. I will be reading more.
Published 1 day ago by Scout
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for you Nadine
This book is really absorbing. It takes you right to the town and community of the story. Intended to forget it was written by Nadine a Tory MP. Read more
Published 2 days ago by professional girl
2.0 out of 5 stars I stopped reading this book as it got a bit ...
I stopped reading this book as it got a bit dark, made me feel very uncomfortable, not the sort of thing I wanted to read before going to sleep.
Published 2 days ago by Lolly
4.0 out of 5 stars True life rears its head
Oh! The characters in this novel do not have their sorrows to seek.down trodden,abject poverty,disgraceful houses,and yet they still they have a sense of dignity,humour and family... Read more
Published 2 days ago by rosemary leitch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best book I've read in a long time
Published 2 days ago by janet walker
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
okay but repetitive
Published 3 days ago by Rachel
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
sorry i found this story quite ridiculous. i shall not be reading any more books by this author.
Published 3 days ago by essex reader
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