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The Four Streets [Kindle Edition]

Nadine Dorries
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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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A heartbreaking family saga set in 1950s Liverpool, the first novel from the stunningly talented Nadine Dorries MP.

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. Will her adored father wake up to what is happening before it is too late?

The other is hiding a dreadful secret which she dare not let slip to anyone, lest it rips the heart out of the community. And yet, how long can she possibly live with it?

In the Four Streets there is almost nothing that a cup of tea and a good chat won't sort out. Laughing, grieving, hoping for better things. But what can they do when a betrayal at the very heart of their world comes to light?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 842 KB
  • Print Length: 313 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 178185758X
  • 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 (1,560 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

One of the first questions everyone asks is "how can you be an MP and write a book?" The answer is very simple, my youngest child left home for university and I was left with an empty nest. I replaced ironing, shopping, cleaning and chauffeuring, with writing.
I claim no Parliamentary expenses and use my outside earnings from writing to subsidise my public role as an MP.
I discovered writing very late and as a result I would encourage anyone, even people who claim not to be creative, to try and find a creative hobby. You never know where it may lead. For me, it 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 MP as a result of the enjoyment I derive from writing in my spare time.

The Four Streets is my first book and the second in the trilogy, Hide Her Name, is due for release in December.
My books are a mishmash of the people, personalities and events which were the backcloth to my life when growing up in Liverpool.

I live between Westminster and Bedfordshire with my vet partner Chris. I have three wonderful daughters, an old Labrador and we have just adopted a rescue Springer Spaniel; she is surely the scattiest dog on the planet.



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137 of 142 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling read 23 April 2014
By PLP
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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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50 of 52 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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46 of 49 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bitter sweet story 30 May 2014
By GW
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I enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more from the author. I found parts of it difficult to read because I could identify with characters and, as a mum, could imagine the plight of some of those young girls
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6 of 6 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Needs a follow up. 29 April 2014
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Loved this book. Heard it being promoted while on holiday over half term, purchased it and read it in two days. Gripping storyline about women, community and survival. Really recommend it.
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6 of 6 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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21 of 23 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart breaking but excellent
Not a light read. Very well written book. Light hearted for some parts but really sad for others. Worth it but left me scared for my own little daughter.
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Published 1 day ago by MRS J RILEY
3.0 out of 5 stars Had the potential to be excellent.
As the daughter of Irish Immigrants, born here, there were parts of this book I could relate to.

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As a big reader...and i mean big...The four streets has got to be the very best i have ever read...Mrs Dorries is a truly brilliant auther and totally wasted in politics... Read more
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