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The Four Streets (The Four Streets Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Nadine Dorries
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  • Length: 368 pages
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Book Description

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?

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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: 1251 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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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,002 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #359 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 with an Irish grandmother who was born with the name, 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. As a child, she often kidnapped me from Liverpool and we travelled back to the cottage where she was born in an Irish west coast village. It was a place she missed with an aching heart every day she was gone. We would sometimes 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 my 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 Liverpool and Mayo. THE FOUR STREETS is set in Liverpool with the second book, HIDE HER NAME, moving across from Liverpool to Ireland and Book three, THE BALLYMARA ROAD, is where we leave the story back in Mayo. The books are described equally often as 'funny' and sometimes 'dark.' The story line is challenging. There's 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, good and bad. 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, also a short story, is set in Ireland during the time of the famine in Ballyford castle on the west coast and sets the scene for my new novel RUBY FLYNN, also based at Ballyford in 1953 and partly in Liverpool and is published 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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173 of 182 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling read 23 April 2014
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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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70 of 75 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book 24 Jun. 2014
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great first novel 6 May 2014
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I really enjoyed this story, it described very well the hardships and the community support amongst the Irish families In Liverpool. I would have liked more conversations between the characters as the first part of the book sounded like a social history book and could not make it's mind up whether fiction or non fiction. However the very good details and descriptions more than make up for the negative.It is an easy read and found myself more and more engrossed.Not even a spelling mistake so well proof read which is a first. I highly recommend this and hope there is a sequal as I already miss the characters. Shame on the reviewer who chose to make personal derogatory comments about the author rather than reviewing the book but they most likely did not read the book.
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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Four Streets 7 May 2014
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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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12 of 13 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a read!! 30 May 2014
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive!! 30 May 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great read Nadine
Published 13 hours ago by Twirley
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Couldn't put this down. it was a lot more deeper than I thought at first. Will read more of her books.
Published 1 day ago by Betty
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not a book to read on holiday
Published 1 day ago by Mrs E J Donovan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Read them all
Published 1 day ago by amber
4.0 out of 5 stars Took a while to get into but really enjoyed it would like a follow-up...
And also the hospital porters if anyone ever made the connection of their involvement with the priest so maybe another book to follow
Published 2 days ago by Sandra Lashmar
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerfully written. Though a disturbing theme.
I loved the families of the Four Streets. I took them to my heart and felt their pain. A testament to the powerfully written story. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Melanie
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend.
A gripping read and eager to start book two, full of Irish charm, humour and sadness depicting a true picture.
Published 5 days ago by Tara
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good read
Published 6 days ago by Barbara
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read!
I enjoyed this light read, set in 1950's Liverpool with the tight knit Irish Catholic community of the four streets. Good characters and well put together.
Published 6 days ago by Kathy G
5.0 out of 5 stars First if three
The first of three which has you so engrossed that you need to follow on straight away by reading Hide her Name. Well written books.
Published 6 days ago by cheekywren
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