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The Four Streets (The Four Streets Trilogy) Kindle Edition

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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.

About the Author

Nadine Dorries grew up in a working class family in Liverpool. She trained as a nurse, then succesfully established and sold her own business. She has been the MP for mid-Bedfordshire since 2005 and has three daughters.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1468 KB
  • Print Length: 321 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 3,133 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #315 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was brought up in a working class family in Liverpool and was blessed to have an Irish grandmother, Nellie Deane. A woman with a personality larger than life, she was known and remembered everywhere she went, both in Liverpool and Ireland for her generosity, infectious humour and personality.

When I was a child, she often kidnapped me from Liverpool and we travelled back to the cottage where she herself had been born and which her family still owned, in an Irish west coast village. It was a place she missed with an aching heart every single day she was gone.

We would remain in Mayo for so long, she would appease my frantic parents back home in Liverpool by sending me to attend the local school. This often bought her more time to remain with our extended family in the place she loved to be most of all.

My first three books, THE FOUR STREETS trilogy are set in the midst of an Irish immigrant community in 1950's and 60's. The books begin in Liverpool and finish in Mayo. Described equally often as 'funny' and 'dark.' the story line can be challenging. There is a murder, a ghost (unconnected) and lots of love and laughs. I hope that what the trilogy achieves is a fictional but often accurate depiction of life as it was for a poor Irish community during that time.

RUN TO HIM, is a short story set in a hospital in Liverpool and sneaks in a few of the characters from THE FOUR STREETS. As a former nurse myself, I found this a joy to write.

A GIRL CALLED EILINORA, a short story, is set in Ireland during the time of the famine in Ballyford castle on the west coast. It sets the scene for my new novel, RUBY FLYNN, also based at Ballyford over 100 years later, in 1953 and is also partly based in Liverpool. RUBY FLYNN is published in November '15.

In RUBY FLYNN, I have retained the original place names in Ireland of the villages I knew and lived in as a child and through Nellie, came to love as much as she.

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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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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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I just wanted to let people know that this book was wonderful I took a little while to get into it thinking it was just going to describe individual families along the street but as the story develops it really draws you in and you long for a happy outcome.I can't wait to get what I hope will be a continuation of the story to find out how Nellie and Kittys story develops.
I admit I was sceptical as an MP shes not one of my favs but as an autor she was great.
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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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OMG, this has got to be one of the best books I've read in a while. I even ended up reading allowed to my husband. We were both gripped! A great story with so much passion in the writing. Would highly recommend this.
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From the moment I began reading I enjoyed this story. Was very disappointed when I got to the last page!
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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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This is the first book review I have ever done and am ashamed to say that I bought the book based initially on price - I was broke! Wow, I would have paid more for it - wow an amazing book! I have tried to get the flow on but am annoyed as it's not available for purchase yet! The book was amazing and I loved the characters. I have lived the lives the characters lived and am totally desperate for more!
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